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Helping people with cognitive difficulties associated with breast cancer

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Year(s)
2016-2019
Invested Amount
$350,000

Project

CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Pilot project of a multidimensional procedure for people affected by breast cancer who are struggling with cognitive impairment associated with oncological treatments. 

Description

To better understand the cognitive problems associated with breast cancer

PILOT PROJECT OF A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL INTERVENTION FOR PEOPLE WITH BREAST CANCER WITH COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH ONCOLOGICAL TREATMENTS (chemobrain).

A project full of hope for women affected by breast cancer with cognitive difficulties associated with treatment (brain fog) is taking shape at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. Essential and innovative in Quebec, this project was made possible with the financial support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation and the Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital Foundation investing 350 000 $ on three years.

Oncological treatments may cause cognitive difficulties affecting memory, attention processes, the ability to perform multiple tasks, alternating ability, cognitive flexibility and speed of information processing. According to published studies, the prevalence of cognitive disorders in these patients could reach up to 60%.

With this in mind, the CIUSSS team of l’Est-de-l ’Ile-de-Montréal has set up a pilot project of screening, awareness and cognitive and emotional interventions, to solve these difficulties.

With this in mind, the CIUSSS team ofl’Est-de-l ’Ile-de-Montréal” has set up a pilot project of screening, awareness and cognitive and emotional interventions, to solve these difficulties.The project will be drafted and set up by a multidisciplinary team and will include four components:

  1. Awareness and education: educational workshops for patients and their loved ones, staff training;
  2. Screening: integrate a screening tool of the cognitive complaint and a decision algorithm to refer patient to a multidimensional memory workshop, based on the seriousness of the complaint;
  3. Evaluation and intervention: cognitive skills assessment through a neuropsychological evaluation, followed by a multidimensional memory workshop;
  4. Information: draw up an information and strategy handbook on how to deal with cognitive impairment resulting from oncological treatments