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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:

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

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

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.

Date closed: January 30, 2015

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.

Date closed: November 10, 2014

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.

Research Webinar:
The MILK Study

Date closed: November 2, 2014

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.

Date closed: October 28, 2014

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