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Since October 2008, we have supported more than 145 studies, connecting over 106,000 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 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

The purpose of this research study is to create a functional map of the breast ducts so that doctors can better diagnose, treat, and – eventually – learn how to prevent breast cancer. The research team will first determine the ideal state of the lactating breast for imaging, i.e. full, empty, or in between, as well as the best procedure for capturing the data, before recruiting women for a larger study.

Date closed: February 9, 2016

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.

Date closed: January 21, 2016

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.

Resulting Publications:

Date closed: November 19, 2015

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.

Resulting Publications:

Date closed: September 28, 2015

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.

Resulting Publications:

Date closed: September 14, 2015

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.

Date closed: April 30, 2015

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.

Date closed: March 31, 2015

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