Research Studies Seeking Breast Cancer Patients

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Our Human Performance and Engineering Lab seeks volunteers for two breast cancer related studies. We are studying the side effects of breast cancer treatment on the brain. We are also studying ways to improve symptoms of weakness and fatigue in women affected by breast cancer.

Volunteers are compensated for their time. We may be able to assist with transportation, or travel to your home.

Please speak with our Research Recruitment Specialist for more information.

Below are the studies recruiting participants with breast cancer.


Effect of Exercise Training on Breast Cancer Related Weakness (flyer)

This study examines the effect of exercise training on breast cancer related symptoms of weakness and fatigue.

  • Participants will come to the Kessler Foundation for one enrollment visit and 5 testing visits. The testing visits will include a total of two MRI brain scans and three EEG recordings while performing various hand tasks, to study brain activity.
  • You will be assigned by chance to one of two exercise trainings or a no-training control group.
  • Participants assigned to the exercise training group will also receive 30 training sessions (5 training sessions per week for 6 weeks). The sessions can be completed at your home, work or at the Kessler Foundation. 
  • To qualify, you must be a right-handed woman between 45 and 75 years old, who has had a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in the past 10 years, and who is not involved in regular strength exercise.


Understanding Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment ("Chemobrain") (flyer)

This study examines the side effects of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy for breast cancer on the brain.

  • If you participate, you'll come to Kessler Foundation for 2 to 3 visits, 4-6 months apart. At each session, participants will have an MRI brain scan, a test to assess the health of the brain and nervous system using a non-invasive magnetic pulse, and an EEG recording while performing special manual tasks to study brain function.
  • To qualify, you must be a woman between 20 and 70 years old, who has had or is scheduled to have surgery for breast cancer, and who has had or is scheduled to receive chemotherapy and/or hormone treatment. Healthy volunteers between 20 and 70, who have not had not breast cancer, are also needed for this study.

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If you are interested in enrolling in these studies, fill out the form below. Our research recruitment specialist will contact you.


 This listing was last updated on 11/21/2017.