Use of cognitive training software among elderly patients treated for breast cancer: Feasibility Study

Coordinator: M Dos Santos, M Lange, F Joly


Improving the treatment of elderly people with cancer allows patients to live longer and in better conditions. Nevertheless, cancer treatments may be accompanied by side effects such as cognitive disorders, to which older patients appear to be particularly sensitive because of their frailty. These cognitive difficulties (remembering, thinking, concentrating or even finding words to express themselves) constitute a growing problem impacting the quality of life, patients’ autonomy and adherence to treatment. Web-based cognitive training may be a promising method of management of these difficulties. However, currently no studies have examined the use of such a tool in elderly patients, whereas older patients are more likely to be affected by cognitive impairment. The elderly population is heterogeneous with regard to computerized tools use: it is therefore necessary to ensure the feasibility of using computerized support in an oncogeriatric population, before setting up a study on the evaluation of the benefits of such management strategy in this population.

Objectives :

To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the use of the HAPPYNeuron® cognitive stimulation software, on a tablet computer, in patients treated for breast cancer, aged 70 years and older and hospitalized for an intercurrent episode.

Study methodology :

Pilot study, bi-centric. 55 patients to be included.

Open to inclusions. 41 participants included.


Centre Henri Becquerel, Rouen


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