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The following projects are currently open and enrolling volunteers. These studies have been evaluated and approved by the research team at Dr. Susan Love Foundation and members of our external Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of researchers, clinicians, and advocates.

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Researcher: Kathryn Greene, PhD, Rutgers University; Katie Devine, PhD, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Smita Banerjee, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Maria Venetis, PhD, Rutgers University; Danielle Catona, PhD, George Mason University; Maria Checton, PhD, College of Saint Elizabeth.
Broadcast date: June 12, 2020

Studies have shown that effective communication is important for good health outcomes. However, little is known about the types of communication that takes place between cancer patients and their “companions”—the friends or family members who accompany them to many or most of their cancer-related appointments. For this study, researchers will have current cancer patients, former cancer patients, and patient companions complete a survey about how they felt about their communication experiences. The researchers will use the information to develop a program that can help cancer patients and their companions communicate better during cancer-related appointments.

Researcher: Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD; Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD; Robert Oster, PhD; Teri Hoenemeyer, PhD; Laura Rogers, MD; University of Alabama at Birmingham
Broadcast date: June 3, 2020

Studies have found that cancer survivors who are overweight have a higher risk of having their cancer come back.  This study is enrolling overweight or obese (BMI>25) survivors of colorectal, kidney, prostate, ovarian, uterine, multiple myeloma, or female breast cancer along with a friend or relative (buddy) who is overweight or obese who live in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, or Tennessee. The researchers want to learn how a weight loss and exercise program affects the health behaviors of cancer survivors and the people around them, as well their overall health and quality of life.

Researcher: Michael C. Robertson, MPH and Casey P. Durand, PhD, University of Texas School of Public Health Houston; and Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Broadcast date: February 26, 2020

Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the risk of a breast cancer recurrence and other health problems. But for many breast cancer survivors, starting or maintaining an exercise program isn’t easy. Researchers are developing an online exercise program for female breast cancer survivors that uses acceptance and mindfulness principles to encourage living a physically active, healthy lifestyle. This study will finalize the development of this exercise program.

Researcher: Shelli Kesler, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Broadcast date: January 8, 2020

We need women with a history of breast cancer who have completed chemotherapy treatment at least 1 month ago and healthy women to help researchers gain a better understanding of the effects of chemotherapy on the brain. The research team is looking for volunteers age 35 to 68.  

The effects that cancer and its treatments have on brain health are not well understood. To address this problem, researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are examining brain function with computerized tests and brain activity scans, all done remotely via videoconferencing to comply with social distancing guidelines.  

The purpose of this study is to evaluate brain function associated with breast cancer chemotherapy. Information about brain function from healthy women is needed for comparison with women who have breast cancer. 

Researcher: Betina Yanez, PhD, Principal Investigator; Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University; 633 North St. Clair; Chicago, IL 60611; Phone: (312) 503-2866; Email:; David E Victorson, PhD; Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Broadcast date: December 4, 2019

Hormone therapies are routinely used to treat hormone-sensitive (ER+ and/or PR+) breast cancer. Researchers have developed online health programs designed to help women with early-stage breast cancer learn more about hormone therapy and how to enhance wellbeing.

The purpose of the My Journey Study is to compare two 8-week online health programs that have been developed to help women with early-stage breast cancer starting hormone therapy. Both programs include interactive health resources and videos. The researchers are interested in learning what aspects of these programs patients find beneficial.

Researcher: Katharine Yao, MD, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL Phone: (847) 570-2290; David Victorson, PhD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, Phone: (847) 467-3060; Deanna Attai, MD, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Phone: (818) 333-2555
Broadcast date: November 12, 2019

The purpose of this study is to learn how a woman’s beliefs and values influence her decision to select a specific type of breast cancer surgery. The researchers will use what they learn to create a decision aid that doctors can use to talk with their patients about breast surgery options.

Researcher: James Root, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Broadcast date: May 15, 2019

The purpose of this study is to evaluate a brief, game-like set of tests developed to measure changes in cognitive (mental) function. The test, called the Cogsuite Assessment, is designed to evaluate a person’s ability to organize and plan, initiate and stay focused on certain tasks, regulate their emotions, and process and interpret visual information. The tests also evaluate memory, motor function, and processing speed. This study is expected to help researchers design a test doctors can use to identify cognitive impairments in people who have been treated for cancer.

The research team needs both women who have been diagnosed with stage 0 (DCIS) to stage III breast cancer and women who have not had cancer to participate so the researchers can compare test results between the two groups.

Researcher: Tim Ahles, PhD, and James Root, PhD, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Broadcast date: November 5, 2018

Breast cancer treatments may have an impact on how the brain processes information and emotions as well as on a person’s attention span and behavior. To better understand and measure these changes, researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center developed a new thinking test called the Sensory-Attention-Executive (SAE) Battery. The research team needs women who have not had cancer to participate in a study that will evaluate whether these tests accurately capture how the brain may change over time.

Researcher: Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Broadcast date: May 10, 2018

Some people live for many years following a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis. To gain insight into why, researchers want to learn more about the medical history and health habits of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. If you take part in this study, you will complete an online survey that will ask you questions about diet, exercise, health behaviors and medical care. Some participants who fill out the survey will also be invited to participate in an optional sub-study, which includes a medical record review, a blood or saliva sample, and tumor analysis. Findings from the survey and optional sub-study may help the research team discover how to help people live longer after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.

Researcher: Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, University of California, San Francisco, CA and her partners from the Athena Breast Health Network (a collaboration across the five University of California Medical Centers and Sanford Health)
Broadcast date: February 16, 2018

Women receive mixed messages about what type of breast cancer screening they should have and how often they should have mammograms. The WISDOM Study compares the routine, annual mammogram schedule to a personalized screening schedule based on a woman’s individual risk factors. The goal of the study is to determine the best way to use mammograms to improve breast cancer screening while reducing the number of call backs, false alarms, and biopsies for women who do not have breast cancer.