Web-based cognitive rehabilitation for survivors of adult cancer: A randomised controlled trial

M.E. Mihuta, H.J. Green, Ho Keung David Shum

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Objective: Cognitive dysfunction associated with cancer is frequently reported and can reduce quality of life. This study evaluated a Web-based cognitive rehabilitation therapy program (eReCog) in cancer survivors compared with a waitlist control group. Methods: Adult cancer survivors with self-reported cognitive symptoms who had completed primary treatment at least 6 months prior were recruited. Participants completed telephone screening and were randomly allocated to the 4-week online intervention or waitlist. Primary outcome was perceived cognitive impairment assessed with the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy—Cognitive Function version 3. Secondary outcomes were additional measures of subjective cognitive functioning, objective cognitive functioning, and psychosocial variables. Results: Seventy-six women were allocated to the intervention (n = 40) or waitlist (n = 36). A significant interaction was found on the instrumental activities of daily living measure of self-reported prospective memory whereby the intervention group reported a greater reduction in prospective memory failures than the waitlist group. Interaction trends were noted on perceived cognitive impairments (P =.089) and executive functioning (P =.074). No significant interactions were observed on other measures of objective cognitive functioning or psychosocial variables. Conclusions: The Web-based intervention shows promise for improving self-reported cognitive functioning in adult cancer survivors. Further research is warranted to better understand the mechanisms by which the intervention might contribute to improved self-reported cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1179
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • adult
  • cancer
  • cognitive rehabilitation
  • oncology
  • online
  • survivors
  • Web-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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