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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

Date closed: March 19, 2015

The purpose of this study is to examine the patterns of breast density (the non-fatty portion of breast tissue) among African immigrant and African-American women living in the United States, and to find out factors that affect the amount of breast density in women. The researchers wanted to enroll 300 women to participate in this study.

Date closed: March 17, 2015

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.

Date closed: January 30, 2015

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