Oncology Organization Recognition

As a result of the research, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) include cognitive training in their evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of chemo brain. After publication of the guidelines, the Posit Science team received an open request from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to submit the evidence on their brain exercise interventions for evaluation through the NCI’s Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs). The NCI program provides an important way to disseminate the results of academic science to health care providers and patients.

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An independent clinical review resulted in the NCI designating brainHQ online brain exercises as an RTIP. The brain exercise intervention is now included in the NCI database of evidence-based cancer interventions and program materials for program planners and public health practitioners. Healthcare providers and patients who come to the NCI looking for the latest evidence-based practices can review clinical trial results that otherwise might have been buried in the scientific literature.3

The NCI RTIPS program is focused on ensuring that practitioners and patients can use evidence-based practices in real-world situations. As part of that process, there is a web page linked to the NCI describing how brainHQ was used in studies, with specific instructions and advice for health care providers who want to incorporate the program into their implementation of the ONS and ACS cognitive training guidelines.4


1. Windsor M. Chemo Brain. UAB Magazine. Fall 2018. https://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2014/february/navigating-a-new-normal/chemo-brain. Accessed December 20, 2018.

2. Windsor M. Brain Games. UAB Magazine. Fall 2018. https://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2014/february/navigating-a-new-normal/brain-games. Accessed December 20, 2018.

3. National Cancer Institute designates BrainHQ as a research-tested intervention program. San Francisco, CA: Posit Science; November 5, 2018. https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/11/05/1644999/0/en/National-Cancer-Institute-Designates-BrainHQ-as-a-Research-Tested-Intervention-Program.html. Accessed December 20, 2018.

4. Cognitive Training and Chemobrain. brainHQ website. https://www.brainhq.com/partners/resources/nci. Accessed December 20, 2018