For both groups, the sessions were conducted via videoconference to minimize patients' travel time. Participants also completed thinking tests and answered questionnaires about their memory issues and related anxiety. Verbal memory and processing speed was also tested.
Participants were retested after completing all eight sessions and again two months later.
The CBT participants reported significantly fewer memory problems and better processing speed than those who received supportive therapy, according to the study published online May 2 in the journal CANCER. They also reported much less anxiety about mental problems two months after their psychotherapy ended.
"This is what we believe is the first randomized study with an active control condition that demonstrates improvement in cognitive symptoms in breast cancer survivors with long-term memory complaints," said study leader Robert Ferguson in a journal news release. He is currently at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
"Participants reported reduced anxiety and high satisfaction with this cognitive-behavioral, non-drug approach," Ferguson said. Also, because treatment was delivered via videoconference device, he said the study demonstrates it's possible "to improve access to survivorship care."
Edited by mainsailset - May 04 2016 at 2:51pm