Pilot Study Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Concurrent Cognitive Training
Some people treated for breast cancer report feeling that their minds "don't seem clear." They may report changes in memory, attention, and thinking, and have more difficulty executing certain mental tasks. Many training exercises are being tested to measure patients' comfort with them, and the potential usefulness of these exercises to treat problems in memory, attention, and thinking. One exercise combines an attention task with brain stimulation, in which a very low electrical current is applied to the scalp.
In this study, researchers are examining the feasibility and potential usefulness of brain stimulation to improve attention and memory in people who have been treated for breast cancer. Participants will wear a special cap through which a very small electrical current is applied to the scalp while they perform an attention task. Sometimes the electricity will be turned on while they perform these tasks and sometimes it will not. Researchers will see if transcranial brain stimulation is feasible in treatment and whether it influences the ability to perform attention tasks.
This study will include survivors of breast cancer (ages 40 to 60) who completed chemotherapy for breast cancer 6 months or more before entering the study and who have experienced problems with memory or thinking ability since they began cancer treatment.
For more information about this study, please contact Dr. James Root at 646-888-0035.