This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition breast cancer
Treatments tibetan meditation program, no meditation
Sponsor M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Start date October 2007
End date October 2016
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT00556218, 2007-0311


The goal of this behavioral research study is to learn if participating in a Tibetan meditation program helps to improve quality of life for women after chemotherapy and during recovery from breast cancer. Whether the meditation program helps to improve brain function and sleep quality will also be studied.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose supportive care
tibetan meditation program
12 sessions of Tibetan meditation (2 times a week), over a 6-week period. Each class will last about 60 minutes.
no meditation
No meditation; usual care.

Primary Outcomes

Number of Eligible Women Approached Who Consented to be in Trial (Feasibility)
time frame: 2 Years
Women's Reported Satisfaction with Tibetan Meditation intervention
time frame: 2 Years

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Women with stage I - III breast cancer who have undergone chemotherapy (either neoadjuvant or adjuvant) 6 - 60 months prior to recruitment. 2. Women who report cognitive impairment since starting chemotherapy as assessed by four questions from the FACT-Cog. 3. Women must be 18 years or older. 4. Women must be able to read, write and speak English. 5. Women must be currently undergoing hormone therapy (e.g., Tamoxifen or AIs) 6. Willing to come to MDACC for the meditation sessions and assessment sessions. 7. Women must be within 2 hours driving distance of MDACC. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Women who have a documented diagnosis of a formal thought disorder (e.g., schizophrenia) will be excluded from the study. 2. Women with metastatic disease to the brain or any past neurologic injury. 3. Women with a Mini-Mental State Examination score of 23 or below. 4. Women with recurrent cancer

Additional Information

Official title Feasibility Study of Meditation, Cognitive Function, and Quality of Life in Women With Breast Cancer
Principal investigator Lorenzo Cohen, PhD
Description Screening Tests: During the "screening" visit, you will be asked 4 questions about your memory and concentration abilities. Based on how you score on this screening questionnaire, you may not be eligible to participate in the study even if you have already signed the informed consent form. If you are found to be eligible for the study based on the screening questionnaire, you will complete some tests during the screening visit to check your memory and concentration. For example, you will be asked to remember a list of words and then be asked to recall them later. You will also complete questionnaires asking about your mood, quality of life, and other things like sleep, nervousness, and your experience with cancer. All together, the tests and questionnaires should take about 90 minutes to complete. Study Groups: You will be randomly assigned (as in the toss of a coin) to 1 of 2 groups. People in Group 1 will take part in a Tibetan meditation program. People in Group 2 will be placed on a waiting list. They may participate in the meditation program 3 months after being enrolled in the study (when Group 1 has finished the follow-up visit). Meditation Sessions: If you are Group 1, you have 12 sessions of Tibetan meditation (2 times a week), over a 6-week period. You will be asked to complete a form asking about your satisfaction with the program at the start of each week. The form will take 1-2 minutes to complete. The meditation sessions will take place at M. D. Anderson. During the meditation sessions, you will do deep breathing and visualization exercises and produce some sounds like "Ah." Each session will last about 60 minutes. One (1) or more of these meditation sessions may be videotaped by the study staff for check the quality of the sessions. Only the study staff will be able to view this videotape. All videos will be destroyed after the data is collected. Participants in both groups will be mailed a questionnaire packet to fill out and send back (return postage will be included in the packets) at 1 month and then at the end of the meditation sessions (2 months). The questionnaires will ask about your mood, quality of life, and other things like sleeping habits and nervousness. The packet will take about 45 minutes to fill out. If you are in Group 2, you will receive packets at about the same time. Your responses on these questionnaires will not be shared with your doctor. If you feel you need a doctor's opinion about anything that is asked in these questionnaires (for example, if you feel depressed or distressed), please contact your doctor. Follow-up Visit: One (1) month after the last meditation session (or at a similar time, for participants in Group 2), you will be asked to return to the clinic. You will take some tests to check your memory and concentration, similar to the tests you took at your screening visit. You will complete questionnaires asking about your mood, quality of life, and other things like sleep, nervousness, and your experience with cancer. All together, the questionnaires and tests should take about 90 minutes to complete. Once the follow-up visit is complete, the study is over. After Group 1 has completed the follow-up visit, Group 2 will be given the option to take the meditation classes. This is an investigational study. Up to 60 participants will be enrolled in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.