A News Health — 17 January 2016

Army of women breast cancerAfter seven years of existence, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s Army of Women has launched its 100th study today.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to see the original vision of the Army of Women mature with this 100th study,” stated Dr. Susan Love, chief visionary officer of the Foundation. “The Army of Women was founded in an effort to facilitate breast cancer research in women. As we announce our 100th study, the success of the Army of Women is clear.”

Much of breast cancer research utilizes animal models, the disease predominately affects humans. The Army of Women sought to change this pattern and was created to be a ready resource of women and men willing to participate in studies.

More than 379,000 people have signed up to receive notifications about studies and help researchers find participants.

“With a limited budget – the Army was a critical catalyst to our meeting our recruitment goal,” said Dr. Vanessa Sheppard, Georgetown University.

Dr. Sheppard and her research team at Georgetown have been collaborating with Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s Army of Women for study recruitment for over six years.  The Army helped her team recruit for several studies, including the Stepping STONE (Survivors Taking on Nutrition & Exercise) Study in 2011, and most recently theWomen’s Hormonal Therapy Initiation and Persistence (WHIP) Study in 2014.

The 100th study, Project Connect Online, seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of creating a personal website to communicate with others about the experience of having breast cancer and undergoing treatment. Patricia Ganz, MD, Annette Stanton, PhD, Lauren Harris, MA, and Vickie Williams, MPH, from the University of California, Los Angeles are recruiting patients with metastatic breast cancer within the Los Angeles and Orange County areas to participate.

The American Cancer Society estimated 292,130 new cases of breast cancer among women in 2015, with more than 40,000 dying from the disease. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.

“We are very proud of the success of the Army of Women in reaching this significant milestone. The goal of the Army of Women has always been to have more researchers using people in their studies. Only through conducting research on women and men will we understand breast cancer in people,” commented Heather Cooper Ortner, chief executive officer.

 

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