Researchers at Kessler Foundation in West Orange are studying new ways of combating breast cancer-related weakness and fatigue. These symptoms can diminish quality of life and often last long after treatment has ended. If you are a woman aged 40-75, who was diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 10 years*, you may qualify for this important research study.

Researchers are examining the effects of handgrip exercise on muscle strength and fatigue, and correlating these effects with changes in the brain. Participants will come to Kessler Foundation in West Orange for an enrollment visit and five measurement visits over a three-month period. During these visits, participants will have an MRI brain scan and EEG brain recording while performing handgrip exercises. Participants are randomly assigned to one of three groups wherein they either receive no training or 1-hour training sessions, 5 days a week for six weeks in West Orange, your home, or place of work. 

All participants receive $300 for the testing visits. Participants selected for a handgrip exercise group receive an additional $900. 

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*Additional inclusion criteria is required.