Neuropsychological, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes in Children With Cancer
Trial status: Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
I. To utilize a standardized battery of age-appropriate neuropsychological and behavioral tests in conjunction with Children's Oncology Group (COG) Phase III clinical trials to evaluate cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning over time.
II. To institute procedures to ensure a consistent, streamlined, and efficient administration of the neuropsychological/behavioral tests in a cooperative group setting in order to maximize compliance with a standardized assessment battery conducted at 3 standardized timepoints.
Parent and child participants complete the COG Standard Neuropsychological and Behavioral Battery testing at 9, 30, and 60 months post-diagnosis in a 1-hour session conducted by a neuropsychologist or psychologist. The Battery consists of tests of intelligence, processing speed/attention, memory, language preference, general developmental progress, attention and behavior/social/emotional function, executive function, adoptive function, and quality of life. Additionally, parents complete a parent-report questionnaire to gather information about patient's function in terms of attention, memory, executive abilities, and behavioral, social, and emotional adaption.
Who is eligible to participate?
- Diagnosis of cancer
- Must be currently enrolled on a COG therapeutic study that aims to examine neuropsychological, social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning
- Must have receptive and expressive English language skills
- Patients with a history of severe or profound mental retardation (i.e. intelligence quotient [IQ] =< 50) are not eligible for enrollment
- Children with a prior history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a specific learning disability (e.g. dyslexia) are eligible for this study
- All patients and/or their parents or legal guardians must sign a written informed consent