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The following projects are currently open and enrolling volunteers. These studies were evaluated and approved by the research team at Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and members of our external Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of researchers, clinicians, and advocates.

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Researcher: Katie Darabos, MS, PhD candidate, and Jennifer S. Ford, PhD, Hunter College, City University of New York
Broadcast date: January 9, 2019

Young adult breast cancer patients and survivors may experience unique psychosocial or physical health problems. Traditionally, support services have been provided face-to-face. But young adults may prefer to receive support that is tech-based. The purpose of this study is to learn how technology-based communication can be used to support young adult cancer patients and survivors.

Researcher: Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, and her colleagues in the Department of Medicine
Broadcast date: November 27, 2018

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long-term effects of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer on the ears (hearing and tinnitus) and hands and feet (neuropathy). To better understand the impact chemotherapy has on these aspects of quality of life, a research team at the University of California, San Francisco, is seeking women and men who have had a diagnosis of stage I – IV breast, gynecological, gastrointestinal, or lung cancer and have received chemotherapy to participate in a one-visit study. 

Researcher: Tim Ahles, PhD, and James Root, PhD, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Broadcast date: November 5, 2018

Breast cancer treatments may have an impact on how the brain processes information and emotions as well as on a person’s attention span and behavior. To better understand and measure these changes, researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center developed a new thinking test called the Sensory-Attention-Executive (SAE) Battery. The research team needs women who have not had cancer to participate in a study that will evaluate whether these tests accurately capture how the brain may change over time.

Researcher: Chad Rethorst, PhD, and Madhukar Trivedi, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Broadcast date: October 5, 2018

Regular physical activity is beneficial for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, potentially reducing the likelihood of recurrence. Studies have also found exercise can help decrease fatigue, improve mood and cognition, and increase sleep quality. However, many women find it difficult to begin or maintain a regular physical activity program.

A research team from UT Southwestern Medical Center is investigating a new way to help breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity — a six-month education program, available in two Texas locations: Dallas (UT Southwestern) and Fort Worth (Moncrief Cancer Institute).

Researcher: Lorraine T. Dean, ScD, and Tonia Poteat, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Broadcast date: July 13, 2018

A research team at Johns Hopkins wants to learn how to improve access to follow-up care for women who get an abnormal breast cancer screening result. To learn what care women do or don’t get, the research team is having about 500 women who received abnormal results from a mammogram, breast MRI, or clinical breast exam or a diagnosis of breast cancer complete a 30-minute survey about their healthcare experiences.

The research team recruited for this study in July 2018 and enrolled more than 200 women. Most of the women who signed up to participate were White and heterosexual. To better assess healthcare experiences across populations, the research team is now looking for participants from other racial / ethnic groups and sexual orientations.

Researcher: Hinaben Panchal, MD, MPH, and Evan Matros, MD, MMSc, MPH at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Broadcast date: June 22, 2018

All breast cancer patients have many decisions to make as they decide which breast cancer surgery, and other treatments, are right for them. These decisions may be influenced by input from family, friends, and doctors – but what is important to them might not be what matters most to the patients themselves. The purpose of this study is to better understand which factors women and men find most important as they consider different surgical treatment options. The researchers completed enrollment of participants without a breast cancer diagnosis and now need women who had a single or double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. The researchers will use what they learn to improve how health care providers approach shared decision-making with their breast cancer patients.

Researcher: Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Broadcast date: May 10, 2018

Some people live for many years following a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. To gain insight into why, researchers want to learn more about the medical history and health habits of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. If you take part in this study, you will complete an online survey that will ask you questions about diet, exercise, health behaviors and medical care. Some participants who fill out the survey will also be invited to participate in an optional sub-study, which includes a medical record review, a blood or saliva sample, and tumor analysis. Findings from the survey and optional sub-study may help the research team discover how to help people live longer after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.

Researcher: Seema Khan, MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, Joseph Michael Guenther, MD, St. Elizabeth HealthCare, Edgewood, KY, Amy Degnim, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Melissa Pilewskie, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, E. Shelley Hwang, MD, Duke University, Durham, NC, Stephen Grobmyer, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Broadcast date: February 16, 2018

The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of a tamoxifen pill to tamoxifen (4-OHT) gel on breast cells in women with ER+ DCIS. This study will investigate what effects each treatment has on the DCIS and what side effects each treatment may cause. Prior studies show that the topical gel stays mainly in the breast itself with very little getting into the blood. The eventual goal is to provide women with DCIS with an alternative to oral tamoxifen treatment.

Researcher: Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, University of California, San Francisco, CA and her partners from the Athena Breast Health Network (a collaboration across the five University of California Medical Centers and Sanford Health)
Broadcast date: February 16, 2018

Women receive mixed messages about what type of breast cancer screening they should have and how often they should have mammograms. The WISDOM Study compares the routine, annual mammogram schedule to a personalized screening schedule based on a woman’s individual risk factors. The goal of the study is to determine the best way to use mammograms to improve breast cancer screening while reducing the number of call backs, false alarms, and biopsies for women who do not have breast cancer.

Researcher: Tonia Poteat, PhD, and Lorraine T. Dean, ScD of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Broadcast date: January 17, 2018

The purpose of this study is to learn about the best ways to improve access to breast cancer care and treatment for members of the Black LGBQ-SGL community. The research team will enroll up to 30 participants for an in-depth phone interview about identities and healthcare experiences.