Clinical trial explores how breast cancer survivors can improve their memory


INDIANAPOLIS -- (June 30, 2010) -- A new clinical trial explores ways in which women breast cancer survivors can improve their memory.

Many breast cancer survivors report problems with their memory, including forgetfulness, difficulty remembering information, or memory lapses.

Diane Von Ah, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and a researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, leads the clinical trial, “Memory Training Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors.” The trial tests ways women can improve their memory without taking medications. The study is open to women breast cancer survivors who are experiencing difficulties with their memory and are interested in treatment. 

“We hope to learn if this training is satisfactory and helpful in improving the memory of breast cancer survivors in need,” Dr. Von Ah said. 

Participants in the study will be placed in one of three groups for training:


  • Groups 1 and 2 will meet with a trainer for a total of 10 hours over a five- to eight-week period. 
  • Group 3 will receive all training material at the end of the study.

Who is eligible? 

To participate, you must be:

  • A female breast cancer survivor
  • Reporting some memory impairment
  • One year post-chemotherapy treatment
  • At least age 40
  • Post-menopausal
  • Free of history of other cancers

The study will also include three memory assessments to be completed before, immediately after, and two months after training.  

The assessments and training take place at the IU School of Nursing on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Free parking is available for all campus visits and a $25 gift certificate is given to participants after each memory assessment. 

If you are interested in learning more, call (317) 274-4330.