Army of Women Studies

Despite the big push to get more women enrolled in the Avon/Love Army of Women email network recruiting for research studies, I’ve received a number of notices from them lately that specific research studies have gone unfilled.  Here is a list of a few that they’ve recently highlighted as research studies that CANNOT BE DONE without additional volunteers.  All but one are for breast cancer research; for additional studies on all kinds of cancers, please visit the National Cancer Institute’s registry of clinical trials.

Please read through these studies, consider if you fit the criteria for one, and send this link to friends:

If you have or have had breast cancer and

  • had a benign breast biopsy after January 2000 and at least one year before you were diagnosed (and you were not pregnant, breastfeeding, taking birth control pills, or on hormone treatment for menopause) = you can participate in Take 2: Discovery of Early Markers of Breast Cancer, study led by MD Anderson Cancer Center;
  • are African American, with at least one living female blood relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer of any stage at some point in her life (may currently be in treatment). The relative can be first degree (mother, daughter, sister) or second degree (cousin, grandparent, aunt, or niece) = you can participate in Jewels in Our Genes, study led by the University of Buffalo;
  • have daily hot flashes, are peri- or post-menopausal, have completed surgery, radiation and chemotherapy at least a month ago, (ongoing treatment with tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitor, is not a problem), are in good general physical and mental health, and live within 60 miles of Indianapolis or can drive to the IUPUI campus for all (four, I think) study visits = you can participate in Breathe for Hot Flashes, study led by Indiana University.

If you have NOT had breast cancer and

  • know you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation; are between 20-40; are not taking birth control pills, tamoxifen, raloxifene, or hormone therapy; have never been pregnant; have both ovaries; have never had surgical breast reduction or enlargement; and live near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rochester, Minnesota, or Dallas, Texas = you can particpate in Genomic Markers of Breast Cancer Prevention Induced by hCG in Women at High Risk study, conducted by the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

If you fit these criteria, please email today!  Even if you don’t fit these particular criteria (and yes, they are incredibly specific), please join the Army of Women email list and agree to participate when a study comes along that fits you!

Thank you!

Additional Army of Women Open Enrollment Studies

Pathways to Recovery After Breast Cancer (needs women from anywhere in the US diagnosed with Stage I, II, or III breast cancer who have completed or are about to complete treatment):  In an effort to find the best way to empower women with the information they need as they begin to live their lives after breast cancer, researchers across the nation and the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service have developed a study that is investigating the best way to provide post-treatment education materials via the Internet or CD-Rom, to breast cancer survivors. Learn More

Breathe for Hot Flashes (needs peri- or postmenopausal breast cancer survivors with daily hot flashes living within 60 miles of Indianapolis, IN):  There is not a lot known about how women can manage hot flashes without hormones. Some breathing methods have helped hot flashes, but more research is needed to see if these breathing methods can be put into widespread use.  Learn More
The Milk Study (needs women anywhere in the US currently nursing/breastfeeding a baby who are going to have a breast biopsy in the near future or have had a breast biopsy in the past):  The purpose of this study is to determine if breast cancer and breast cancer risk can be accurately assessed from a breast milk sample. Currently, there is no accurate way to give women information about their personal risk of developing breast cancer. The research team will use the cells naturally present in breast milk to examine changes in DNA that occur in association with benign and cancerous breast lesions. Learning about the genetic changes associated with both breast cancer and non-cancerous breast lesions will help us develop a way to provide women with information about their breast cancer risk. Using breast milk to screen for breast cancer will reduce unnecessary biopsies among nursing women.  Learn More
Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer  (needs women from anywhere in the US recently diagnosed with stage I, II or III breast cancer who have NOT yet begun treatment): Researchers throughout the country are working with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service to determine the best way to get information to women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The information is about treatment options and it can help women in making their decisions. The researchers want to find out the best way to deliver the information: by mail in the form of print materials, by the internet, or by CD-Rom. The study is called Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer.  Learn More
Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors: The Army of Women Needs YOU!  Much of breast cancer research focuses on trying to find ways to predict who has a poor prognosis and needs more aggressive treatment, and who does not. As a result, much of our attention is focused on why and how cancer metastasizes and how we can stop it.  This research is critical. But the way that we focus our questions means we often miss out on the golden opportunity to figure out why some women who weren’t expected to live, did!  Did you have positive nodes and no chemotherapy 30 years ago? Were you diagnosed with metastases more than 10 years ago—and, despite what everyone told you to expect, you are here today reading this message? Or do you know someone—your aunt, neighbor or member of your support group—who fits this description and whose long-term survival surprised everyone? The Army of Women needs you—and them!  Click here to read more and leave us your story.  
Early Detection of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Using Exhaled Breath Markers (We need women in Marin County, CA who fall into one of these categories:  Category 1.  Diagnosed with endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome or Category 2. Diagnosed with ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cavity cancer and have not begun treatment.): The research team is using specially trained dogs and a chemical test to analyze breath samples for substances called biomarkers that may be useful in diagnosing ovarian cancer. This type of research has been done before with breast and lung cancer. Learn More
Thank you — with all my heart, for effective research is the only thing that will help move us beyond treatment to real prevention and a cure.

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