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Since October 2008, we have supported more than 120 studies, connecting over 102,000 volunteers with innovative research around the world. These research projects have studied everything from our microbiota to novel breast cancer genes. We have made a point to partner with researchers who are asking important questions that may help eradicate breast cancer.

While these research studies are always different, there is one common factor: our dedicated Army of Women members. With their help, the following supported studies completed enrollment:

The purpose of this study was to determine whether adding flaxseed (a food high in compounds that can change hormones) to a regular diet changes hormones that are related to breast cancer risk and if the effect of flaxseed differs between African- American and Caucasian women. The researchers turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 200 volunteers from the Buffalo, New York area. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on July 24, 2013. The researchers closed enrollment on February 3, 2017, after the AOW provided them with 35 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: February 13, 2017

The purpose of the Understanding Patient Trade-Offs When Choosing Between Breast Conservation Surgery (BCS) and Mastectomy Study is to learn what is most important to women when they are faced with deciding between a mastectomy (with or without reconstructive surgery) or lumpectomy with radiation. This information may help physicians learn how to better communicate surgical options to patients. It will also help the researchers develop educational materials to assist women as they are making their surgical decision.

Date closed: January 3, 2017

The purpose of this study was to determine if there are enough eligible and willing volunteers in the New York Metro Area to conduct a larger study on the effects of various hormonal birth control formulations on breast tissue. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 1,000 volunteers from the Army of Women (AOW) from the New York Metro Area. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on October 7, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on December 20, 2016, after the AOW provided them with 157 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: December 20, 2016

The purpose of this study was to learn more about the types of bacteria that are found in the intestines and how these bacteria metabolize estrogen and other female hormones. The researchers compared bacteria from healthy women, women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer within the last 5 years, and women who had not been diagnosed with breast cancer but had a first-degree relative with breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll 700 women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women (AOW) members on October 9, 2009. The researchers were able to close enrollment on December 1, 2016, after the AOW provided them with 1,359 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: December 1, 2016

The purpose of this study was to evaluate cmIL-10 levels in healthy women and women with breast cancer. The research team was investigating whether this test can be used to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from anti-viral drug treatments or monitor how their cancer is responding to treatment. The researchers turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 150 volunteers in the San Francisco, California, area. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on September 16, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on August 22, 2016, after the AOW provided them with 146 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Research Webinar:
A Conversation with Dr. Juliet Spencer

Date closed: August 22, 2016

The purpose of this study was to identify new inherited genetic mutations that increase breast cancer risk. The research team analyzed blood samples from two groups of survivors: women with a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer and women who had early onset breast cancer but no family history. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 400 volunteers from the Army of Women (AOW) from anywhere in the U.S. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on October 1, 2014. The researchers closed enrollment on July 28, 2016, after the AOW provided them with 339 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Resulting Publications:
Differential analysis of mutations in the Jewish population and their implications for diseases.

Date closed: July 28, 2016

Reimagine.me investigated the impact of a structured online patient support program on women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are experiencing chronic pain. The research team’s accrual goal for the Army of Women was 75 women. Within 24 hours of the request to participate, 112 women signed up for the study, with a total of 222 women signing up over six weeks.

Research Webinar:
Dr. Sophia Smith and the Reimagine.me Study

Date closed: May 31, 2016

The Reimagine.me study investigated the impact of a structured online patient support program for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are experiencing chronic pain. The research team’s accrual goal for the Army of Women was 75 women. Within 24 hours of the request to participate, 112 women signed up for the study, with a total of 222 women signing up over six weeks

 

Date closed: May 12, 2016

Research shows that although some women do take their endocrine therapy daily, others do not take it regularly, stop taking it, or decide to switch to another type of endocrine therapy. The primary goal of this study was pilot test short videos designed to promote adherence to endocrine therapy. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 500 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 December 8, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on March 28, 2016. Through the AOW, the research team identified 601 women who were interested in enrolling in the study. The research team published the study results in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Resulting Publications:
Barriers to and facilitative processes of endocrine therapy adherence among women with breast cancer.

Date closed: March 28, 2016

This study enrolled women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer within the past five years to help researchers develop and test  a mobile phone app to help breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity. The app developed in this study will be tested in a clinical trial that will help the researchers determine if its use increases breast cancer survivors’ physical activity levels. Army of Women recruitment opened on February 24, 2016, and focused on enrolling breast cancer survivors in the Chicago, Illinois area. After 24 women expressed interested, the research team decided to open enrollment to survivors throughout the US on March 9, 2016. Within 24 hours, 196 women expressed interest in participating and the research team closed enrollment. 

Learn about the testing of this app in the Fit2Thrive study

Research Webinar:
Development of Fit2Thrive: A Technology-Supported Physical Activity Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

 

Date closed: March 10, 2016

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