Benefits of Participation:

  • Improve understanding of how to treat insomnia and fatigue in breast cancer patients.
  • All tests and medication are provided free of charge.
  • Free meals provided after each blood draw.
  • Note: All assessments are done at home or during your scheduled visits for treatment. You will NOT have to make an extra visit for the sole purpose of participating in this study.

    Study Procedures:

  • If randomized into behavioral treatment, complete phone calls and face-to-face Brief Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia sessions (BBT-I) for 6 weeks, 1/week. The face-to-face sessions can take up to one hour, and the phone call sessions can take up to 20 minutes.
  • Complete assessment questionnaires at 5 time points: baseline, after 3 weeks, after 6 weeks, 1-month follow-up, and 6-month follow-up.
  • Complete daily sleep diaries.
  • Wear a watch-like device (Actiwatch 2) that measures light and activity for the duration of the study.
  • Provide a small amount of blood (3.5 tablespoons) and saliva samples at 4 time points: baseline, after 6 weeks, 1-month follow-up, and 6-month follow-up.
  • Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be 21 years old or older.
  • Must be a woman diagnosed with breast cancer and have 6 weeks or more of chemotherapy remaining.
  • Be able to understand spoken and written English.
  • Must NOT be currently pregnant or nursing.
  • If you wish to participate in this study or to find out more information, please feel free to email Dr. Oxana Palesh at