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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:

Researchers at Boston Medical Center are studying breast cells from biopsies of normal breast tissue, atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) to learn more about breast cancer progression. Their goal is to identify similarities and differences seen in biological markers (molecular characteristics or substances) in these different types of tissue. They used a variety of recruitment methods, including the Army of Women (AOW), to enroll up to 40 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on July 10, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with three women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: April 2, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles are evaluating the effectiveness of a specially designed mindfulness meditation-based intervention on the psychological and behavioral functioning in women who are living with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer. They used a variety of recruitment methods, including the Army of Women (AOW), to enroll up to 60 Los Angeles-area volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Aug. 31, 2011. The researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with 5 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: April 2, 2014

Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg are analyzing breast tissue samples from women who have not had breast cancer and have worked either day shifts or night shifts for at least five consecutive years to better understand whether wake/sleep cycle disruptions may increase breast cancer risk. They are comparing this breast tissue to breast tissue samples collected from women with breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 50 volunteers from the Army of Women (AOW). The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Dec. 6, 2010. The AOW provided them with 340 women who were interested in enrolling in the study. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 25, 2013, after identifying 25 day-shift workers and 23 night-shift workers who met their full criteria.

Research Webinar:
Dr. Carla Finkielstein Research 101

Date closed: November 25, 2013

Researchers at Stanford University, in collaboration with Sierra Streams Institute, are investigating whether a professionally led breast cancer support group that uses video calling is feasible, useful, and satisfactory for breast cancer survivors in rural California. Using a variety of recruitment methods, their goal was to enroll up to 32 volunteers from rural California counties. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women (AOW) members on Feb. 13, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 4, 2013. The AOW provided them with 23 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: November 4, 2013

Among Latinas, breast cancer is the most common diagnosis of cancer. However, little research has been dedicated to investigating Latinas’ experiences with breast cancer and more studies are needed to understand factors that contribute to Latinas’ quality of life following treatment. The Latina Breast Cancer Initiative hopes to better understand women’s experiences with breast cancer in order to find the best ways in which health care providers can work to improve Latinas’ experiences through cancer and their quality of life following treatment for breast cancer. In an effort to find the best way to help medical providers and Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers developed a study to investigate Latinas’ experience with cancer. The focus of this study is on quality of life and the psychological adjustment after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A total of 150 women were needed for this study. The study was opened to the Army of Women on March 7, 2012. The Army of Women responded with 34 volunteers to participate in this study as of September 19, 2013 when the study was closed.

Date closed: September 19, 2013

A research team at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, is investigating whether the amount of DNA damage seen in the cells in normal breast tissue may be an indicator of future breast cancer risk. The researchers recruited women who had a benign breast biopsy and then went on to develop breast cancer (Phase I) and women who had a benign breast biopsy but did NOT go on to develop breast cancer (Phase II). By recruiting women who did develop breast cancer and women who did not, they will be able to look for markers in the breast cells that might be an indicator of breast cancer risk. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 150 women in the study. The Call to Action for Phase I was sent to Army of Women members on August 11, 2010, while the Call to Action for Phase II was sent on January 18, 2012. When the research team closed enrollment on July 10, 2013, the Army of Women had provided them with 338 women who were interested in enrolling in Phase I and 1,333 women who were interested in enrolling in Phase II.

Date closed: July 10, 2013

This study at the University of California, Los Angeles is evaluating the effectiveness of a rehabilitation group intervention program for breast cancer survivors who are experiencing memory loss and concentration problems associated with cancer treatments. The researchers wanted to enroll 60 breast cancer survivors in the study. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on March 21, 2012. When the research team closed enrollment on July 3, 2013, the Army of Women had provided them with 109 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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Date closed: July 3, 2013

This study at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, is using cognitive tests and MRI scans to learn more about how breast cancer and its treatments can affect the brain and cognitive functioning. The study will compare women who have never had breast cancer to women with breast cancer. The researchers wanted to enroll 100 healthy women from the Army of Women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on June 26, 2013. The researchers were able to close enrollment one day later, on June 27, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 293 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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Date closed: June 27, 2013

This study at Yale University in New Haven, CT, is investigating the effects of hormone replacement therapy and other types of estrogen exposure on a marker of breast cancer risk the research team has identified. The researchers originally wanted to enroll up to 1,500 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 17, 2013. After the Army of Women members began responding in high numbers to the Call to Action, the research team decided to keep the study open and recruit as many women as possible in a one-month period. Doing so will allow the team to study a wide variety of survivors, including pre- and post-menopausal women and women with different stages and grades of breast cancer. When the study closed on May 22, 2013, the Army of Women had provided the team with more than 2,460 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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Date closed: May 22, 2013

The purpose of this study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, is to gain a better understanding of the changes that may occur in the breast when women use oral contraceptives (birth control pills) that contain different levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin. The researchers wanted to enroll 85 women. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 1, 2012. The researchers were able to close enrollment on March 29, 2013, after the Army of Women provided them with 120 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: March 29, 2013

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