Fwd: If You Haven't Had Breast Cancer, This Nor Cal Study Needs YOU!
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From: "Army of Women" <studies@...>
Date: Jun 26, 2013 8:20 PM
Subject: If You Haven't Had Breast Cancer, This Nor Cal Study Needs YOU!
Healthy San Francisco Bay Area Women Needed by Stanford Researchers
Dear RE,We need women living in or willing to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area, ages 21 to 65, who have NOT been diagnosed with breast cancer, to participate in a research study looking at the effect that breast cancer and its treatments have on brain functioning. The research team has already studied breast cancer patients. Now, it wants to compare these women’s test results to those of healthy volunteers.
Breast cancer survivors often report long-term problems with memory, concentration, multi-tasking, and other similar skills—often referred to as “chemobrain.” It is possible that these problems are linked to changes in the brain’s structure, function, and biochemistry caused by cancer or its treatments. Researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, want to learn more about what causes these brain functioning problems, and how to prevent and treat them.
Please read on to learn more about what’s involved and who can participate. If this study isn’t right for you, please pass it on! Please help the Army of Women and the research team find the women they need!
What's the study about?The purpose of this study is to use cognitive tests and MRI scans to learn more about how breast cancer and its treatments can affect the brain and cognitive functioning. The study will compare women who have never had breast cancer to women with breast cancer.
What's involved?If you sign up for the study Assessment of Cognitive Difficulties in Breast Cancer, the research team will contact you to confirm that you are eligible. If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to participate in the following procedures at Stanford University:
• Complete a demographics (such as age and ethnicity) and health information screening questionnaire.
• Cognitive Testing: complete tests which measure memory, attention, problem solving and processing speed as well as psychiatric symptoms (like depression and anxiety). You will be asked to complete these tests at three time points: your first testing appointment, 18-22 weeks from study start, and 10-14 months from study start.
• MRI Scan: The MRI scan will assess the structure and function of the brain. It is not a medical scan used for medical treatment. It is used solely for research purposes. You will be asked to have an MRI at three time points: your first testing appointment, 18-22 weeks from study start, and 10-14 months from study start. The MRI does not involve any radiation, injections or other harmful effects.
Who is conducting the study?Shelli Kesler, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Where?Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Who can participate?You can sign up for Assessment of Cognitive Difficulties in Breast Cancer if you meet ALL of these MAIN criteria:
• You are a healthy woman who has no personal history of breast cancer, chemotherapy treatment or other major medical conditions.
• You are between the ages of 21-65.
• You are not pregnant and are not planning to become pregnant within the next year.
• You are able to go to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, for the study appointments.
After you RSVP, the research team will contact you to ask additional questions to be sure that the study is a good fit for you.
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