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Cognitive Dysfunction: Feasibility of a Brief Intervention to Help Breast Cancer Survivors

Mary Radomski

Robert Kreiger

Mattie Anheluk

Kristin Berling

Michele Darger

Helen Garcia

Kim Grabe

Shayne Hopkins

M. Morrison

Joette Zola

Karen K. Swenson

cognitive dysfunction, breast cancer, occupational therapy, survivor
CJON 2021, 25(6), E69-E76. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.E69-E76

Background: Many cancer survivors experience cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD), which is believed to be the result of multiple contributing biologic, situational, and personal factors. Efficacious, clinically implementable interventions addressing the multifactorial nature of CRCD are needed.

Objectives: This study evaluated the feasibility of an intervention to help breast cancer survivors mitigate the effects of modifiable factors that contribute to CRCD and improve cognitive functioning.

Methods: A single-group pre-/post-test design was used. Treatment fidelity was tracked to evaluate implementability; attendance rates, experience surveys, and homework engagement were used to characterize acceptability. Pre- and post-test cognitive functioning, stress, fatigue, and mood were measured to evaluate preliminary efficacy.

Findings: The intervention was implementable and acceptable to participants. Participants made statistically significant improvements.

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