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Closed Projects

Thanks to our dedicated Army of Women members, we have fulfilled enrollment and closed the following research projects:

  • Interpersonal Therapy for Depression in Breast Cancer Study
    This study at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University is investigating which type of talk therapy is the most effective treatment for depression in women and men who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. It enrolled women and men who had a diagnosis of stage I-IV breast cancer more than six months prior to joining the study. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 150 volunteers in the New York Area and contacted the Army of Women (AOW) to help with their recruitment efforts. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Nov. 30, 2011, and the researchers closed enrollment on Jan. 21, 2016. The AOW provided them with 110 volunteers who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Characteristics of Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy
    The purpose of this study at the University of California, San Francisco is to better understand the signs and symptoms of chemotherapy neuropathy and the genetic (inherited) factors that increase risk of developing it. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 600 volunteers near San Francisco and they enlisted the Army of Women (AOW) to support the final stages of their recruitment efforts. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on June 10, 2015, and the researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 23, 2015, after the AOW provided them with 106 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Women’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Breasts: Developing Normative Data for the BREAST-Q
    This study at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, is gathering data on breast satisfaction and quality of life in women who are not about to have breast surgery. These responses will be used as “normal” data to help researchers study breast satisfaction and quality of life in women who are about to have breast surgery. The researchers turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 3600 volunteers from anywhere in the US. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Aug. 19, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 19, 2015, after the AOW provided them with 4326 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Relationship among Cognitive Function, Lifestyle, and Exercise after Cancer Treatment (ReFLECT)
    This study at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is measuring cognitive function, physical activity, sleep quality, and quality of life in women with a history of breast cancer using the BrainBaseline© iPad app. The researchers will use the findings from the study to develop a program that can help improve cognitive function and quality of life in women with breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 1000 volunteers from the Army of Women (AOW) from anywhere in the US. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on July 8, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on Oct. 12, 2015, after the AOW provided them with 751 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • BEAT Cancer Study
    This study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is evaluating the effectiveness of the BEAT Cancer exercise program. The research team is comparing the effects of the BEAT Cancer exercise intervention to usual care (written materials about exercise for cancer survivors) on short- and longer-term physical activity adherence among breast cancer survivors. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 256 volunteers and used the Army of Women (AOW) as one of their recruitment sources. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 29, 2011, and the researchers closed enrollment on Sept. 28, 2015. The AOW provided them with 64 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • ALIVE Lifestyle Intervention Study
    This study at University of North Texas Health Science Center is gathering information about the health behaviors of cancer survivors in order to learn more about the cultural, social, and environmental factors related to dietary intake, prolonged sitting, and physical activity. The researchers also want to learn if cancer survivors who take part in lifestyle interventions have better overall health and quality of life than those who do not take part in these interventions. They turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 300 volunteers from anywhere in the US. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on July 22, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on Sept. 14, 2015, after the AOW provided them with 735 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Asian American Community Health Initiative
    This study, a collaboration by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian Health Services, and Asian Americans for Community Involvement, is gathering information that may help researchers understand why breast cancer rates are increasing among some Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women in the San Francisco Bay Area. The researchers had already completed enrollment of women with breast cancer when they contacted the Army of Women (AOW) and were ready to recruit women who had never had breast cancer. They wanted to enroll up to 300 volunteers from the following San Francisco Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on April 24, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on April 30, 2015. As one of their recruitment sources, the AOW provided them with 139 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Phase Ib Trial of 2nd Generation Designer T Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer
    This study at Boston University School of Medicine and Roger Williams Medical Center is investigating whether a high dose of designer T cells is better when given with or without interleukin 2 (IL2), a drug that is thought to stimulate the immune system. Study participants were randomly assigned to either receive modified T cells alone or modified T cells along with IL2. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 11 volunteers in the Providence area and they enlisted the Army of Women (AOW) to help support their recruitment efforts. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on July 13, 2011, and the researchers closed enrollment on March 31, 2015. The AOW provided them with 47 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Low-Dose Tamoxifen Breast Cancer Prevention Study
    This study at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., is investigating the effect two years of low-dose tamoxifen has on breast density and other biological markers (biomarkers) associated with increased breast cancer risk in women who had been diagnosed and treated with chest or axilla radiation before the age of 40 for a cancer other than breast cancer. The study is also measuring the safety and tolerability of tamoxifen at the lower dose. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 230 volunteers from various cities around the US and reached out to the Army of Women (AOW) to supplement their other recruitment sources. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 2, 2012, and the researchers closed enrollment on March 19, 2015. The AOW provided them with 13 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Sister Survivor: Improving the Survivorship Care of African-American Women with Breast Cancer
    This study at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., in collaboration with the African American Breast Cancer Coalition, is evaluating the impact of a peer navigator program on helping African-American breast cancer survivors obtain and follow a survivorship care plan. A survivorship care plan consists of two components: a treatment summary describing the cancer diagnosis, history, stage, and primary treatments received; and a follow-up care plan that includes information on recovering from treatment, ways to maintain good health, and recommendations for care. The researchers needed to enroll up to 120 African-American volunteers in the Los Angeles area who were less than a year out from having completed surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. They used a variety of recruitment methods, including the Army of Women (AOW). The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on April 25, 2012. The researchers closed enrollment on Jan. 30, 2015, after the AOW provided them with 10 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Inflammation Changes Over Time In Obese, Overweight, and Normal Weight Women
    This study was initiated in November 2011 at University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks and Fargo, and was then put on hold in June 2012 when the Principal Investigator moved to University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Tyler. The study was re-opened in September 2013. The study investigated nipple aspirate fluid and blood to determine if inflammation biomarkers are: higher in breast fluid than in the circulating blood; higher in obese and overweight women compared with normal weight women; and more variable through the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women compared to postmenopausal women. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 42 volunteers, first in the Grand Forks and Fargo area, and then the Tyler area. They turned to the Army of Women (AOW) for recruitment. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Nov. 8, 2011. Information regarding the new study site was shared with AOW members in September 2013. The researchers closed enrollment on Jan. 30, 2015, after the Army of Women provided them with 45 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Pregnancy and Breast Cancer Risk Study
    This study at Tufts University in Boston is analyzing breast tissue samples from women without breast cancer. The researchers wanted to compare tissue from women who have or have not given birth. They are studying the stroma, the breast tissue that supports the breast ducts. They are also investigating whether the age a woman becomes pregnant, the number of pregnancies she has had, and whether or not she has breast-fed has an effect on the stroma. The researchers turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 85 volunteers in the Boston area. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Jan. 1, 2011. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 10, 2014, after the AOW provided them with 116 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • The Milk Study: Using Breast Milk to Screen for Breast Cancer and Assess Breast-Cancer Risk
    This study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is analyzing epigenetic differences found in breast milk donated by women who have a breast biopsy that is either normal, abnormal, or shows signs of cancer. Learning more about these epigenetic differences may eventually help researchers develop a way to provide women with information about their breast cancer risk. The researchers originally wanted to enroll up to 250 volunteers from anywhere in the US. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women (AOW) members on Nov. 17, 2008. The research team expanded their study in 2011 to increase participant diversity, specifically recruiting racial/ethnic minorities. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 2, 2014. In total, the AOW provided them with a diverse group of 394 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Women's Hormonal Therapy Initiation and Persistence (WHIP) Study
    This study at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, is investigating how women taking hormonal therapies for breast cancer treatment feel about their medications. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 300 volunteers from anywhere in the US and reached out to the Army of Women (AOW) to help them complete recruitment. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Aug. 20, 2014. The response from the AOW was overwhelming and the researchers increased their enrollment goal due to the positive response. They closed enrollment on Oct. 28, 2014, after the AOW provided them with 1,149 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Study of High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation in Premenopausal Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer
    This study at Columbia University, in New York City, is investigating whether high-dose vitamin D supplements reduce breast density, as seen on mammography. Breast density is associated with breast cancer risk. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 300 volunteers and contacted the Army of Women (AOW) to help with their recruitment efforts. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 15, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on Sept. 16, 2014. The AOW provided them with 172 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Vascular Assessments in Breast Cancer Survivors Taking Aromatase Inhibitors
    The purpose of this study at the University of Minnesota is to learn more about the effect that aromatase inhibitors have on a postmenopausal woman’s heart and blood vessels. To study this, the researchers are analyzing the blood vessel elasticity and heart health of three groups: women with breast cancer who have been on an aromatase inhibitor (and are HER2-negative); women with triple negative breast cancer; and healthy women. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 50 volunteers from the Greater St. Paul, Minn., area and they enlisted the Army of Women (AOW) to help support their recruitment efforts. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 7, 2014, and the researchers closed enrollment on Aug. 11, 2014. The AOW provided them with 95 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Effects of Depo Provera on Breast Tissue Study
    This study at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, is investigating the effects of Depo Provera, which contains a high dose of a synthetic progestin, on breast tissue. The researchers wanted to enroll 36 volunteers from the Los Angeles area and the Army of Women (AOW) served as one of their multiple recruitment resources. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Sept. 15, 2010, and the researchers closed enrollment on July 29, 2014. The AOW provided them with 14 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Flaxseed Alters Markers of Breast Cancer Risk
    This study at University of Chicago is exploring the effect that flaxseed has on biological markers (biomarkers) associated with breast cancer risk in the breast cells of women who have had ADH, ALH, LCIS, or DCIS and are not taking tamoxifen. The researchers needed to enroll up to 30 volunteers. They contacted the Army of Women (AOW) to help them complete recruitment. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Feb. 12, 2014, and the researchers closed enrollment on July 15, 2014. The AOW provided them with seven women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Cognitive Enhancement Program
    Researchers at Stanford University are investigating whether brain-training exercises can improve brain functioning in breast cancer survivors who were treated with chemotherapy and are having problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and other similar skills. They turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 130 volunteers who lived near Stanford, in Palo Alto, Calif. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 28, 2014. The researchers closed enrollment on July 2, 2014, after the AOW provided them with 167 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Genetic Analysis of Breast Biopsies Study
    Researchers at Boston Medical Center are studying breast cells from biopsies of normal breast tissue, atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) to learn more about breast cancer progression. Their goal is to identify similarities and differences seen in biological markers (molecular characteristics or substances) in these different types of tissue. They used a variety of recruitment methods, including the Army of Women (AOW), to enroll up to 40 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on July 10, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with three women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • A Mindfulness Meditation-Based Intervention for Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer
    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles are evaluating the effectiveness of a specially designed mindfulness meditation-based intervention on the psychological and behavioral functioning in women who are living with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer. They used a variety of recruitment methods, including the Army of Women (AOW), to enroll up to 60 Los Angeles-area volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Aug. 31, 2011. The researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with 5 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Vitamin D3 Effects on Musculoskeletal Symptoms with Use of Aromatase Inhibitors (D3AI)
    The Oncology Research Team at Park Nicollet Health Services and the University of Minnesota is comparing two doses of vitamin D3: the current recommended daily allowance (600 IU/day) and the known upper safe level (4,000 IU/day). The are trying to determine whether higher daily doses of vitamin D3 reduce musculoskeletal pain better than the standard daily dose and make it easier for women who have musculoskeletal pain to stay on an aromatase inhibitor for a longer period of time. They are also comparing changes in estrogen levels, bone density, and body composition between the two groups. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 150 volunteers near St. Louis Park, Minn, and the Army of Women (AOW) was one of their sources of recruitment. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 2, 2012, and the researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with 27 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study
    Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg are analyzing breast tissue samples from women who have not had breast cancer and have worked either day shifts or night shifts for at least five consecutive years to better understand whether wake/sleep cycle disruptions may increase breast cancer risk. They are comparing this breast tissue to breast tissue samples collected from women with breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 50 volunteers from the Army of Women (AOW). The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Dec. 6, 2010. The AOW provided them with 340 women who were interested in enrolling in the study. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 25, 2013, after identifying 25 day-shift workers and 23 night-shift workers who met their full criteria.

  • At-Home Support for Rural Women Using Group Video Calling
    Researchers at Stanford University, in collaboration with Sierra Streams Institute, are investigating whether a professionally led breast cancer support group that uses video calling is feasible, useful, and satisfactory for breast cancer survivors in rural California. Using a variety of recruitment methods, their goal was to enroll up to 32 volunteers from rural California counties. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women (AOW) members on Feb. 13, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 4, 2013. The AOW provided them with 23 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Latina Breast Cancer Initiative
    Among Latinas, breast cancer is the most common diagnosis of cancer. However, little research has been dedicated to investigating Latinas’ experiences with breast cancer and more studies are needed to understand factors that contribute to Latinas’ quality of life following treatment. The Latina Breast Cancer Initiative hopes to better understand women’s experiences with breast cancer in order to find the best ways in which health care providers can work to improve Latinas’ experiences through cancer and their quality of life following treatment for breast cancer. In an effort to find the best way to help medical providers and Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers developed a study to investigate Latinas’ experience with cancer. The focus of this study is on quality of life and the psychological adjustment after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A total of 150 women were needed for this study. The study was opened to the Army of Women on March 7, 2012. The Army of Women responded with 34 volunteers to participate in this study as of September 19, 2013 when the study was closed.

  • Discovery of Early Markers of Breast Cancer (Phases I and II)
    A research team at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, is investigating whether the amount of DNA damage seen in the cells in normal breast tissue may be an indicator of future breast cancer risk. The researchers recruited women who had a benign breast biopsy and then went on to develop breast cancer (Phase I) and women who had a benign breast biopsy but did NOT go on to develop breast cancer (Phase II). By recruiting women who did develop breast cancer and women who did not, they will be able to look for markers in the breast cells that might be an indicator of breast cancer risk. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 150 women in the study. The Call to Action for Phase I was sent to Army of Women members on August 11, 2010, while the Call to Action for Phase II was sent on January 18, 2012. When the research team closed enrollment on July 10, 2013, the Army of Women had provided them with 338 women who were interested in enrolling in Phase I and 1,333 women who were interested in enrolling in Phase II.

  • Breast Cancer Cognitive Rehabilitation Study
    This study at the University of California, Los Angeles is evaluating the effectiveness of a rehabilitation group intervention program for breast cancer survivors who are experiencing memory loss and concentration problems associated with cancer treatments. The researchers wanted to enroll 60 breast cancer survivors in the study. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on March 21, 2012. When the research team closed enrollment on July 3, 2013, the Army of Women had provided them with 109 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Assessment of Cognitive Difficulties in Breast Cancer
    This study at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, is using cognitive tests and MRI scans to learn more about how breast cancer and its treatments can affect the brain and cognitive functioning. The study will compare women who have never had breast cancer to women with breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll 100 healthy women from the Army of Women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 26, 2013. The researchers were able to close enrollment one day later, on June 27, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 293 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Hormones, the KRAS-variant, and Breast Cancer Risk
    This study at Yale University in New Haven, CT, is investigating the effects of hormone replacement therapy and other types of estrogen exposure on a marker of breast cancer risk the research team has identified. The researchers originally wanted to enroll up to 1,500 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 17, 2013. After the Army of Women members began responding in high numbers to the Call to Action, the research team decided to keep the study open and recruit as many women as possible in a one-month period. Doing so will allow the team to study a wide variety of survivors, including pre- and post-menopausal women and women with different stages and grades of breast cancer. When the study closed on May 22, 2013, the Army of Women had provided the team with more than 2,460 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Effects of Birth Control Pills on Breast Tissue
    The purpose of this study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, is to gain a better understanding of the changes that may occur in the breast when women use oral contraceptives (birth control pills) that contain different levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin. The researchers wanted to enroll 85 women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 1, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on March 29, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 120 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Effects of Soy on Breast Tissue Study
    This study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, is studying the effects of one year of soy supplementation on women with a family history of breast cancer (high-risk women) and women who have been treated for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or invasive breast cancer. They want to see if soy can reduce breast density or slow or reduce cell growth in the breast. The researchers wanted to enroll 65 women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 4, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on March 26, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 147 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Genomic Markers of Breast Cancer Prevention Induced by hCG in Women at High Risk study (GEMCP)
    This study at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, is investigating whether giving hormones that mimic pregnancy to women with a BRCA1 or 2 mutation can change these high risk women’s breast tissue in ways that appear to reduce their risk. The researchers wanted to enroll 11 Army of Women members. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 14, 2010. The researchers closed enrollment on March 19, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 7 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Bacterial and Viral Diversity Study
    The purpose of this study at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation in Santa Monica, CA, is to explore whether bacteria and viruses are found in breast ductal fluid. The researchers wanted to enroll 100 women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on November 14, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on March 3, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 211 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Stepping STONE (Survivors Taking on Nutrition & Exercise)
    Researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, developed a program that they hope will help Black/African-American breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity and improve their diet. This study is looking at the effectiveness of the program in improving the quality of health behaviors. The researchers wanted to enroll 50 Black/African-American breast cancer survivors in the study. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 12, 2011. When the research team closed enrollment on February 7, 2013, the Army of Women had provided them with 23 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Environmental Exposures and Breast Density
    This study at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison and the Fred Hutchinson Research Center in Seattle, Washington, is investigating whether cadmium, a heavy metal found in the environment, is related to breast density. The researchers will measure the amount of cadmium and other heavy metals found in participants' urine samples. They will also review the participants' recent mammography reports to collect data on breast density. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 1,000 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on December 5, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment less than 26 hours later, on December 6, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 2,580 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Evaluating Patient Reported Outcomes in Breast Cancer
    The overall goal of this study at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, is to learn about the impact breast-conserving surgery/lumpectomy, mastectomy, or mastectomy with breast reconstruction have on a woman's quality of life, general health care experience, and satisfaction with care and outcomes. The research team wanted to enroll as many breast cancer survivors as possible who were interested in participating in their online survey. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on May 24, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on August 21, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 9,282 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer, and YOU Study
    The purpose of this study at the University of Louisville Brown Cancer Center, in Kentucky, is to develop a tool that can determine whether a woman who has had breast cancer is at high risk of developing uterine cancer. The research team used an online survey to identify factors that are associated with developing uterine cancer after breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 10,000 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 9, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on August 31, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 7,660 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Chemotherapy-Induced Premature Menopause in Latina Women with Breast Cancer
    This study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester is exploring the unique experiences and needs of Latina breast cancer survivors whose treatments have resulted in chemotherapy-induced menopause. The researchers wanted to enroll 20 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on August 22, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment eight days later, on August 30, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 47 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Early Detection of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Using Exhaled Breath Markers
    This study, a collaboration between the University of Maine and the Pine Street Foundation in San Anselmo, Calif., is using specially trained dogs and a chemical test to analyze women's breath samples with the goal of identifying biological markers (biomarkers) that could be used to diagnose ovarian cancer. The researchers had previously tried to identify biomarkers in breath samples that could be used to diagnose breast and lung cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll 30 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on July 21, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on August 6, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 55 women who were interested in participating in the study.

  • Variations in the Health Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors (Follow-up Study)
    This study at Boston University School of Public Health, in collaboration with researchers at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, is gathering information about the well-being and quality of life of breast cancer survivors to develop programs and services designed to reduce health disparities. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 600 lesbian and bisexual women and 600 heterosexual women. The first Call to Action for this study, recruiting lesbian and bisexual women, was sent to Army of Women members on October 19, 2011. The second Call to Action, recruiting heterosexual women, was sent to Army of Women members on March 14, 2012. The researchers closed enrollment on June 26, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 320 lesbian or bisexual women and 859 heterosexual women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Jewels in Our Genes
    This study at the University at Buffalo, in New York, is investigating whether there are undiscovered inherited genetic mutations unique to African Americans that may predict early breast cancer risk. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 400 volunteers (150 families). The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 6, 2010. The Army of Women provided them with 190 women who were interested in enrolling in the study. The researchers closed enrollment on June 15, 2012, with 33 percent of its study sample coming from the Army of Women.

  • Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors: Effects on Fatigue, Immune Function, and Mood
    This study at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, is studying how yoga affects fatigue, immune function, and mood of women treated for breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll 200 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 24, 2009. When the researchers closed enrollment on March 14, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 52 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Acupuncture for Sleep Problems
    This study at Stanford University, in Calif., is investigating whether acupuncture can reduce sleep disruption and improve sleep in breast cancer survivors. The researchers wanted to enroll 64 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 23, 2011. The researchers were able to close enrollment on May 16, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 170 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • ENERGY Study
    This study is examining the effects of a program that was created to help overweight breast cancer survivors lose weight by increasing their physical activity level and developing healthier eating habits. A total of 800 women will be participating in this study across the United States at four research sites: University of California, San Diego, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Colorado, Denver. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 1, 2011. When the researchers closed enrollment on May 16, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 98 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Comparative Efficacy of Low-Dose Estradiol and the SNRI Venlafaxine XR for Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms
    The research team is studying two medicines that may help to reduce hot flashes. One is a low dose estrogen pill; the other is a serotonin-based pill called venlafaxine (brand name Effexor XR). The researchers want to know if women who take these medicines have fewer or less severe hot flashes than women who take a placebo (inactive pill). They also want to determine if one medicine is more effective than the other. A total of 304 women will be participating in this study across the United States at three research sites: Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston; Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle; and University of Pennsylvania, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Philadelphia. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on March 28, 2012. When the researchers closed enrollment on May 15, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 117 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • A Mindfulness Meditation-Based Intervention for Younger Breast Cancer Survivors
    This study at the University of California, Los Angeles, is evaluating the effectiveness of a specially designed mindfulness meditation-based intervention on psychological, behavioral, and biological functioning in women who were diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50. The researchers wanted to enroll 60 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on August 31, 2011. The researchers were able to close enrollment on May 8, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 75 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Raloxifene and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Study
    This study at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey, is investigating whether combining raloxifene with a dietary supplement called omega-3 fatty acid has an effect on breast density or urine and blood chemicals associated with breast cancer development. The researchers wanted to enroll 372 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on March 17, 2010. When the researchers closed enrollment on April 2, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 342 women who were interested in enrolling in the study. Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors: Effects on Fatigue, Immune Function, and Mood This study at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, is studying how yoga affects fatigue, immune function, and mood of women treated for breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll 200 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 24, 2009. When the researchers closed enrollment on March 14, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 52 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Impact of Colonic Microbiota on Breast Cancer Study
    This study at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, is investigating what type of bacteria can be found in the intestines and the way the bacteria metabolize estrogen and other female hormones. The researchers wanted to enroll 30 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 9, 2009. When the researchers closed enrollment on January 31, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 342 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Endocrine Therapy after Breast Cancer Study
    In an effort to find the best way to help medical personnel and women diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed an online survey to understand women’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors relevant to taking endocrine therapies. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 500 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on January 11, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on January 23, 2012, after the Army of Women provided them with 2,483 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • DCIS and BRCA 1/2 Study
    This study at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn., is examining the DNA of women who have had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. The researchers wanted to enroll 200 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on January 6, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on January 20, 2012, after the Army of Women had provided them with 200 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Interventions for Relief of Menopausal Symptoms: A 3-by-2 Factorial Design Examining Yoga, Exercise, and Omega-3 Supplementation
    The research team is studying how well yoga, exercise, and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) work to ease hot flashes and night sweats. A total of 375 women will be participating in this study across the United States at three research sites: Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in Oakland, Calif., and Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 15, 2011. When the researchers closed enrollment on January 5, 2012, the Army of Women had provided them with 145 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Breast Estrogen and Methylation (BEAM) study
    This study at Northwestern University, in Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, is looking for a better way to predict a woman’s breast cancer risk, and is investigating the potential for using DNA methylation and estrogen concentrations found in women’s breast tissue as risk biomarkers. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 400 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on July 22, 2009. When the researchers closed enrollment on November 21, 2011, the Army of Women had provided them with 849 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Health-Space study
    This study at Loma Linda University, in California, is investigating the effect that a social-networking website that allows cancer patients to communicate, share information, and provide support to others over the Internet has on cancer-related distress. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 120 women and men who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on August 24, 2011. The researchers were able to close enrollment on August 25, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 380 people who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Omega-3 study and Glucosamine and Chondroitin study
    A research team at Columbia University, in New York City, is conducting two studies: one is investigating the effectiveness of Omega-3 fatty acid; the second is investigating the effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Both studies are assessing whether a dietary supplement can reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with the aromatase inhibitors used to treat breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 50 volunteers in each study. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on May 26, 2010. When the researchers closed enrollment on August 19, 2011, the Army of Women had provided them with 85 women who were interested in enrolling in the studies.
  • Protocol for Narrowing the Gap in Adjuvant Therapy (GAP Study)
    This study at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, was designed to better understand the differences in breast cancer treatment experiences between African-American women and white women. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 400 African-American women and 400 white women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 3, 2009. When the researchers closed enrollment on August 2, 2011, the Army of Women had provided them with 239 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Jewish Women’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetic Study
    This study at New York University School of Medicine and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, is studying DNA from Ashkenazi Jewish women for two reasons: to try to identify new genes that might reduce breast and ovarian cancer risk in women who have a BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation; and to try to identify genes, other than BRCA 1 and BRCA2, that increase breast and ovarian cancer risk in Ashkenazi Jewish women. The researchers initially wanted to enroll at least 1,000 women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent; they later increased their enrollment goal to a minimum of 2,000 women after the tremendous response from Army of Women members. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on November 10, 2010. When the researchers closed enrollment on June 9, 2011, the Army of Women had provided them with 4,620 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Urine Biomarkers Study
    This study at Niagara University, in Lewiston, NY, is analyzing urine samples from women with breast cancer and women who have never been diagnosed with any kind of cancer to look for biomarkers that may be a sign of cancerous breast tissue. The researchers will also compare the biomarkers found in the women’s urine to see if they can identify the stage of breast cancer based on the types and levels of the biomarkers. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 200 women who have never been diagnosed with any kind of cancer and at least 1,000 women with breast cancer. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 8, 2011, and closed 8 hours later on June 8, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 2,075 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer Study
    Researchers throughout the country are working with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service to determine the best way to get information about treatment options to women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers want to find the best way to deliver the information: by mail, in the form of print materials, or by the Internet. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 720 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 7, 2010. When the researchers closed enrollment on June 2, 2011, the Army of Women had provided them with 347 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Chronic Insomnia Study (Tai Chi Effects)
    This study at the University of California, Los Angeles, is investigating whether Tai Chi or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can change sleep patterns and reduce insomnia. The study will also investigate whether Tai Chi or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy changes levels of the immune cell products that are known to alter sleep. Finally, the study will assess individual genetic differences in immune cell products and their possible relationship to insomnia. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 55 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 18, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on May 26, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 86 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Stress and Breast Cancer Study
    This study at Stanford University, in Calif., is investigating the relationships between psychological factors such as stress, quality of sleep, hormones, immunity, and cancer progression. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 125 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on September 2, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on April 11, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 363 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Breathe for Hot Flashes
    This study at Indiana University is investigating whether women can learn how to manage their hot flashes through breathing. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 91 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 21, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 1, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 52 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Memory Training Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors
    This study at Indiana University School of Nursing is comparing two different types of memory training programs to see if one or both of the programs might be effective in breast cancer survivors.

    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 108 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 27, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 18, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 27 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Pathways to Recovery after Breast Cancer Treatment
    This study at the University of California, Los Angeles, is investigating the best way to provide post-treatment education materials about life after breast cancer: via the mail or with a multi-media education tool that can be viewed over the Internet or on a CD-Rom. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 1080 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on September 16, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on April 14, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 2,579 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

  • Sister Study
    This study at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Institutes of Health is investigating how the environment and genes affect a women’s risk of developing breast cancer. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 5,000 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 28, 2008. The researchers were able to close enrollment on April 30, 2009, after the Army of Women helped them reach their enrollment goal.
  • The Effects of Exercise and Dietary Counseling on Healthy, Postmenopausal Women
    This study at the University of California, Los Angeles, is investigating whether exercise and dietary interventions designed to reduce body weight affect body composition, hormones, and biomarkers in healthy postmenopausal women.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 20 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on January 7, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment just two days later on January 9, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 125 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive Deficits in Breast Cancer
    This study at Stanford University is investigating the brain function problems associated with breast cancer and its treatment.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 180 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 16, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on May 4, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 1,341 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • A Web-based Survey of Psychosocial Issues in Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
    This study at Ottawa University is researching how having had breast cancer affects different aspects of a woman’s life.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 1,000 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 30, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment the following day on May 1, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 5830 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Grapefruit, Hormones and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk
    This study at the University of Southern California is investigating whether eating grapefruit affects the hormones of postmenopausal women.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 65 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on May 5, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on May 7, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 203 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Weight Loss and Breast Cancer Survivors Study
    This study at the University of Minnesota is researching if weight loss increases or decreases certain biomarkers that are associated with breast cancer risk, recurrence, and quality of life. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 20 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on May 28, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on July 14, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 45 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Variations in Health Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors
    This study at Boston University is looking at the impact sexual orientation has on breast cancer survivorship.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 30 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 10, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on October 6, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 168 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors
    This study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is measuring factors that affect quality of life in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 250 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on July 14, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on July 15, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 2,526 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Coping with Breast Cancer
    This study at Talaria, Inc., in Seattle, WA, is evaluating the effectiveness of an online workbook for women who were diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer and who are experiencing increased stress related to their diagnosis.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 130 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 2, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on June 4, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 461 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • How Breast Cancer Patients Navigate Fertility Concerns and Treatment Options
    This study at Northwestern University is investigating how women diagnosed with breast cancer navigate fertility options and make treatment decisions affecting fertility.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 15 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on August 5, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on November 30, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 24 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Breast Cancer and Herbal Dietary Supplement Study
    This study at the University of Maryland is examining the use of herbal dietary supplements by breast cancer patients.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 500 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on November 13, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on November 14, 2009, after the Army of Women provided them with 1,282 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Quality of Life Study in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors
    This study at Georgetown University is investigating how cultural factors influence quality of life in Latina breast cancer survivors.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 100 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on December 17, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on January 5, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 125 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Envision the Rhythms of Life Study
    This study by a research group in Seattle, Washington, is investigating whether a classroom-based, mind-body imagery program can help to improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 75 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on January 21, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 15, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 77 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Yoga and Wellness Program for Breast Cancer Survivors Study
    This study at the University of California, Los Angeles, is comparing the effects that yoga and a Wellness Seminar series have on breast cancer survivors’ energy, mood, physical function, and immune and endocrine systems.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 60 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 21, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 3, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 42 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Breast Cancer Messages Study
    This study at Michigan State University is exploring how women interpret information about environmental risk factors for breast cancer.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 180 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 4, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 5, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 10,767 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Breast Estrogen Study
    This study at Northwestern University is investigating factors that regulate estrogen concentrations in the breast.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 10 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on March 3, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on March 4, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 128 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • Project CARE
    This study at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida is evaluating a breast cancer education program for Black/African American women in South Florida that incorporates stress management and relaxation skills training. The researchers wanted to enroll 85 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on January 26, 2011. The research team closed enrollment on November 2, 2012. Due to the strict eligibility criteria and study location, the Army of Women was unable to provide women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
  • The Making Sense of Breast and Ovarian Cancer Study
    This study at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is examining how individuals use the Internet to get information about breast and ovarian cancer.
    The researchers were looking to enroll at least 300 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on March 24, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on April 14, 2010, after the Army of Women provided them with 10,933 women and men who were interested in enrolling in the study.