International Cognition and Cancer Task Force
In 2003, a multidisciplinary group of neuropsychologists, clinical and experimental psychologists, neuroscientists, imaging experts, physicians and patient advocates gathered in Banff (Canada) to participate in a workshop on cognition and cancer. Subsequently, another workshop was organized in Venice in October 2006 during the 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. The success of these two workshops led to the formation of the International Cognition and Cancer Task Force (ICCTF).
The mission of the ICCTF is to advance our understanding of the impact of cancer and cancer-related treatment on cognitive and behavioral functioning in patients with central nervous system cancer and non-central nervous system cancer. Members of the ICCTF conduct local, national and international research to help elucidate the nature of the cognitive and neurobehavioral sequelae associated with cancer and cancer therapies, the mechanisms that underlie these changes, and to develop and test interventions to prevent or manage these undesired symptoms and/or toxicities.
A goal of the ICCTF is to serve as a resource for up-to-date information about research and research projects, and clinical resources for cancer patients and their caregivers. By way of creating research recommendations and guidelines, ICCTF endeavors to increase the homogeneity of study methodology. This will help ensure minimal levels of acceptability in research design and facilitate between-study comparisons. This should help patients and professionals to determine more accurate estimates of incidence, severity, individual risk factors, causes, and interventions for cognitive and behavioral dysfunction.