Objective: To evaluate the computerized Inter Hemispheric Transfer Time Test (IHTTT), a cognitive test designed for the detection of information processing speed impairment in patients undergoing stereotactic radiation therapy for brain metastases. Methods: Inclusion criteria: age ≥18 years, brain metastases treated by stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) with dose schedule: 33 Gy in 3 fractions, solid tumour, ≥70 Karnofsky Performance Status, Mini-Mental State Evaluation (MMSE) ≥ 24, no history of stroke brain injury. Twenty-nine patients were recruited from June 2014 to April 2015. All recruited patients were administered Frontal Assessment Battery at Bedside (FAB), IHTTT and QLQ-C30 quality of life questionnaire before SRT, at one-month, six-month and one-year follow-up. The primary endpoint was Interhemispheric Transfer Index (IHTI). Secondary endpoints included Interhemispheric Transfer Time (IHTT), MMSE, FAB, and quality of life. Results: A significant evolution of cognitive function over time was assessed by the IHTTT: IHTT = 720 ± 27 ms at baseline, 728 ± 20 at one month, 736 ± 36 at 6 months, 799 ± 111 at one-year follow-up (p = 0.0010); IHTI = 13.1 ± 31.4, 11.5 ± 24.3, 50.6 ± 57.9, 91.0 ± 59.4 (p < 0.0001). There was also a significant evolution over time for MMSE (p = 0.014) but neither for FAB score nor the quality of life scores. IHTI was strongly related to progression-free survival (p = 0.0091). Conclusion: Our results suggest that IHTTT is able to detect the evolution of cognitive function over time. IHTTT could be an interesting sensitive cognitive test to include in evaluation of patients with brain metastases irradiated by SRT.
Reygagne, E., Du Boisgueheneuc, F., Berger, A., & Ingrand, P. (2019). Examining the Inter Hemispheric Transfer Time Test: A new computerized cognitive test to incorporate into therapeutic strategy for patients with brain metastases? A pilot study. Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology, 16, 48–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctro.2018.11.006