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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 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

This study is investigating whether high-dose vitamin D supplements reduce breast density, as seen on mammography. Breast density is associated with breast cancer risk. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 300 volunteers 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 May 15, 2013, and the researchers closed enrollment on Sept. 16, 2014. The AOW provided them with 172 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: September 16, 2014

The purpose of this study at the University of Minnesota is to learn more about the effect that aromatase inhibitors have on a postmenopausal woman’s heart and blood vessels. To study this, the researchers are analyzing the blood vessel elasticity and heart health of three groups: women with breast cancer who have been on an aromatase inhibitor (and are HER2-negative); women with triple negative breast cancer; and healthy women. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 50 volunteers from the Greater St. Paul, Minn., 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 May 7, 2014, and the researchers closed enrollment on Aug. 11, 2014. The AOW provided them with 95 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.e inhibitors will impair vascular relaxation and result in impaired endothelial function as compared to that of two patient populations: healthy postmenopausal women and those with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) who do not receive aromatase inhibitors.

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Date closed: August 11, 2014

This study at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, is investigating the effects of Depo Provera, which contains a high dose of a synthetic progestin, on breast tissue. The researchers wanted to enroll 36 volunteers from the Los Angeles area and the Army of Women (AOW) served as one of their multiple recruitment resources. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Sept. 15, 2010, and the researchers closed enrollment on July 29, 2014. The AOW provided them with 14 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: July 29, 2014

This study at University of Chicago is exploring the effect that flaxseed has on biological markers (biomarkers) associated with breast cancer risk in the breast cells of women who have had ADH, ALH, LCIS, or DCIS and are not taking tamoxifen. The researchers needed to enroll up to 30 volunteers. They contacted the Army of Women (AOW) to help them complete recruitment. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Feb. 12, 2014, and the researchers closed enrollment on July 15, 2014. The AOW provided them with seven women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: July 15, 2014

Researchers at Stanford University are investigating whether brain-training exercises can improve brain functioning in breast cancer survivors who were treated with chemotherapy and are having problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and other similar skills. They turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 130 volunteers who lived near Stanford, in Palo Alto, Calif. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 28, 2014. The researchers closed enrollment on July 2, 2014, after the AOW provided them with 167 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

Date closed: July 2, 2014

The Oncology Research Team at Park Nicollet Health Services and the University of Minnesota is comparing two doses of vitamin D3: the current recommended daily allowance (600 IU/day) and the known upper safe level (4,000 IU/day). The are trying to determine whether higher daily doses of vitamin D3 reduce musculoskeletal pain better than the standard daily dose and make it easier for women who have musculoskeletal pain to stay on an aromatase inhibitor for a longer period of time. They are also comparing changes in estrogen levels, bone density, and body composition between the two groups. The researchers wanted to enroll up to 150 volunteers near St. Louis Park, Minn, and the Army of Women (AOW) was one of their sources of recruitment. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 2, 2012, and the researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with 27 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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Date closed: April 4, 2014

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:
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Date closed: November 25, 2013

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