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The Army of Women thrived in 2015!

The Army of Women thrived in 2015!

A researcher thanked us publicly during her presentation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and we launched and completed recruitment for multiple studies through collaboration with a variety of research teams and our Army of Women members. The Army of Women continues to be dedicated to making sure that breast cancer research is done on women, and not just rats and mice! We are proud of our success so far. Over 7,500 Army of Women members signed up to participate in a study in 2015! Thank you for your dedication and willingness to participate with us. We launched our 100th study in January and look forward to even more success in 2016!


New studies in 2015

The Army of Women was busy in 2015 with the launch of ten new studies, six of which are still open for recruitment! We were thrilled to welcome back several researchers who had successfully recruited through the Army of Women in the past, as well as have the chance to work with other teams new to the Army of Women. Their studies tackle questions such as: Do certain genes contribute to the effect that chemotherapy has on women’s ovaries? What is the effect of birth control on breast tissue? And, how does the cmIL-10 virus affect breast metastases?

In addition to recruiting for studies that focus on the cause and prevention of breast cancer we recognize that there also is a lot of interest in survivorship issues. To better serve our community, we are expanding and diversifying the types of studies we help recruit for to include those with a focus on quality of life after breast cancer diagnosis and the collateral damage of treatment. Some of these studies are exploring questions like: Why does duloxetine help some with chronic pain and not others? How do cancer treatments affect brain activityCan videos help women adhere to their endocrine therapy?

In addition to the studies mentioned above, we have many more studies on our website that are currently recruiting. Check them out!

Studies Launched AND Completed in 2015

The Army of Women is clearly a great resource for researchers. It can take research teams years to recruit the necessary subjects using traditional recruitment methods. We are thrilled to have helped some teams successfully complete their recruitment in a matter of months, days, or even hours! Last year, the Army of Women launched and completed recruitment for four studies within the same year! Approximately 6,000 Army of Women members signed up to participate in these studies! Three studies each launched and completed recruitment within three months. Their topics ranged in scope from: the impact of chemotherapy on neuropathy, cognitive and physical function after breast cancer, to the effectiveness of a web-based diet and exercise tool, and exploring what women feel about their breasts. Read more about these studies and other closed studies here

Army of Women Researcher Webinars Series

A Conversation with Dunya Atisha, MD – Dr. Atisha was featured in a webinar in May and presented an overview of the results from her Evaluating Patient Reported Outcomes in Breast Cancer study. This study was launched on May 24, 2012 and an amazing 9,282 Army of Women members expressed interest in participating! Read more about this study and view the webinar on our website.

Current Studies: A Conversation with Juliet Spencer, PhD – In December, Dr. Spencer presented an overview of the background and significance of her Avon Viral IL-10 in Cancer Study (AVICS), which is still recruiting women from the Army of Women. Read more about this study and view the webinar on our website.

We want to hear your stories!

We would like to periodically feature Army of Women members in our social media and the Foundation’s newsletters. Let us know why you joined the Army of Women and/or why participating in research studies is important to you! Please send an email to with a short paragraph (two-five sentences) and your photo, if you’d like to include it.

Keep spreading the word!

More studies are working their way through our system now and we need your help recruiting new Army of Women members. Please share this email with your family and friends and ask them to join you in making a difference! New members can learn more and sign up HERE.

Thank you for your continued support! We are so proud of the Army of Women’s success over the past seven years and can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring. We are thrilled to continue this journey with you!


Dr. Susan Love
Chief Visionary Officer

Heather Cooper Ortner
Chief Executive Officer

Leah Eshraghi
Director of Clinical Research   
Amaka Obidegwu
Manager of Research Projects