"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study looking at how chemotherapy can affect the memory of young adults
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is trying to find out if having chemotherapy can affect the memory of young adults.
Doctors often use chemotherapy to treat cancer. Some studies have suggested that chemotherapy drugs can affect a person’s memory and how they understand and deal with information. This is called chemo brain. But these studies did not include young adults. And it is not clear which chemotherapy drugs might do this. The researchers want to do some tests to find this out.
They want to compare the results of the tests of young adults who are having chemotherapy with those of young adults who aren't having chemotherapy.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if
- You have just been diagnosed with lymphoma, sarcoma, germ cell cancer or breast cancer or have been diagnosed with one of these cancers and you have been in
remissionfor between 6 months and 5 years
- Your treatment includes (or included) the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin
- You are 16 to 50 years old
You cannot enter this trial if you
- Have already had chemotherapy
- Are having radiotherapy
- Are having hormone therapy – you may be able to take part if you are using the contraceptive pill or if you have had it throughout your breast cancer treatment
- Have had an injury to the brain
- Have a mental health problem
- Are known to misuse alcohol or drugs
- Are taking medications that could affect your concentration or mood, for example anti depressants – your doctor can advise about this
This study will recruit 100 people.
Everyone will do a few tests to check your concentration and how you understand and deal with information. You do these tests only once.
You also do a short memory test, 1 a day for 3 days in a row. A member of the study team will show you some words on a computer screen. You then tell the researcher what you saw, straight away and again on the next day. This will take about 10 minutes on each occasion.
The researchers will also ask you to take other psychological tests. These will look at how anxious you are, how you are feeling and how tired you are. You do the first when you agree to take part in the study.
The study team will ask if you have a friend, relative or colleague about the same age who is not having chemotherapy and might agree to take part in the study. With your permission they will ask them if they would like to take part.
The study team will try to arrange to see you when you come to hospital to see your doctor or when you are having medical tests done.
How to join a clinical trial
Medical Research Council (MRC)
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
University of Manchester