Join GRYT Health and the National Cancer Institute on Tuesday, July 23rd from 8-9 pm ET / 7-8 pm CT / 5-6 pm PT for a Chemo Brain AppChat hosted by Dr. Todd Horowitz. Participate LIVE in the conversation on the GRYT App, available to download for free in the Google Play and App Stores.

GRYT Health is helping to support National Cancer Institute Test My Brain! research examining cognition in people who have been affected by cancer. The Chemo Brain AppChat is part of this effort to create awareness around both the topic of chemo brain and current research. Keep reading to learn more about the National Cancer Institute’s current Test My Brain! study and how YOU can contribute to the way cognition is assessed and understood in people affected by cancer.

Test My Brain!

Why is the National Cancer Institute studying cognition in people affected by cancer?

More than 15 million people in the United States are affected by cancer each year, and in 2019 alone it is estimated that there will be 1,762,450 new cancer cases in the United States.1 Growing research indicates that cancer exposure and treatment can lead to long-lasting cognitive side effects, commonly referred to as “chemo brain”. Course, severity, and remediation of chemo brain are largely unknown. A major barrier to understanding cancer-related cognitive impairment or dysfunction is the lack of appropriate tests.

What is the goal of this study?

The overall purpose of this study is to identify new options for cognitive assessment that may help to improve our understanding of cognitive impairment in people affected by cancer. The National Cancer Institute hopes to identify new options for cognitive assessment by comparing cognitive tests and clinical neuropsychology tests for sensitivity and validity.

How many people will participate in this study?

Approximately 350 people affected by cancer will participate in this study.

Who can participate in this study?

You can participate in this study if:

  • You are between 18 and 89 years of age
  • You have a current or past cancer diagnosis

You cannot participate in this study if:

  • You are currently receiving cancer treatment (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or surgery)
  • You have a disability that substantially interferes with your ability to complete neurocognitive tests

What does participation entail?

Participants that consent to participate in the study will be directed to the study via a link with a coded ID. The coded ID will allow you to access the study in more than one sitting.

The study takes approximately 65 minutes to complete. It contains 2 questionnaires about your background (demographic and cancer information) followed by 12 cognitive tests that look at your attention and cognitive style.

Upon completion of the study, you will receive the results. You will also be able to see how you compare to others who have completed the same tests.

If you are interested in participating in this study, this link will take you to study information and the online consent.

What are the benefits of participating?

You will receive no direct benefits from participating, aside from feedback on your performance following completion of the study.

No compensation will be provided for participating in this study.

Results from this study will allow cancer researchers to identify new options for cognitive assessment that may help to identify mechanisms that cause cognitive impairment in people affected by cancer.

What are the risks of participating?

This study involves minimal risk.

You may experience discomfort when completing the study questionnaires or experimental tasks; you are free to exit the study at any time.

There is a risk for the loss of confidentiality. The researchers have procedures in place to lessen the risk of this possibility.

Who can I contact if I have questions about this study?

Please contact Dr. Todd Horowitz (Todd.Horowitz@nih.gov) if you have study-related questions.

Interested in participating? Click below to test your brain!

Sources

1National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: Cancer of Any Site. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html. Accessed 10 July 2019.

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