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Volunteers Sought for "Chemo Brain" Study
Posted Date: 7/16/2009
Dr. Patricia GanzResearchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center are seeking volunteers recently treated for breast cancer who may be experiencing cognitive difficulties, a condition often referred to as “chemo brain.”

The pilot study aims to develop and evaluate a rehabilitation program for breast cancer survivors who believe they are having trouble thinking and concentrating after receiving treatment. Study volunteers will be asked to come to UCLA for a 90-minute initial baseline visit, then return once a week for six weeks to participate in two- to three-hour group intervention sessions. Volunteers will need to return to UCLA for one-hour follow-up visits two months and six months after the intervention.

‘Women with 'chemo brain' often can't focus, remember things or multitask the way they did before their breast cancer treatments. They can be overwhelmed with day-to-day life,” said Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and principal investigator of the study. “They can’t recall phone numbers or where they put their keys. The group intervention program is designed to address these concerns, to provide tools and techniques to aid with memory and focus.”

Ganz and her team are seeking 25 volunteers to participate in the study, which is funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

To find out more about the study, call (310) 825-2520.

UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has more than 240 researchers and clinicians engaged in disease research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating basic science into leading-edge clinical studies. In July 2009, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named among the top 12 cancer centers nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for 10 consecutive years. For more information on the Jonsson Cancer Center, visit our website at http://www.cancer.ucla.edu.

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