Neuropsychological and Behavioural Testing in Younger Patients With Cancer

Official Title

Neuropsychological, Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Outcomes in Children With Cancer


This research trial studies neuropsychological (learning, remembering or thinking) and behavioural testing in younger patients with cancer. Collecting information over time from a series of tests may help doctors develop effective tests to measure neuropsychological and behavioural function of patients with cancer.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Consistent, streamlined, and efficient administration of neuropsychological and behavioural tests
  • Utilization of standardized battery of age-appropriate neuropsychological and behavioural tests in conjunction with COG Phase III clinical trials
  • Percentage of patients who completed the assessment
I. To utilize a standardized battery of age-appropriate neuropsychological and behavioural tests in conjunction with Children's Oncology Group (COG) Phase II and III clinical trials to evaluate cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural 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 time points. OUTLINE:

Parent and child participants complete the COG Standard Neuropsychological and Behavioural Battery testing at 9, 30, and 60 months post-diagnosis in a 1-2 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 behaviour/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 behavioural, social, and emotional adaption.

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