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. You may notice that study reports prior to 2020 mention the Army of Women or AOW. In 2020, after recognizing over 10 years as the Army of Women, we changed our name to Love Research Army to better reflect our longstanding commitment to fostering inclusive research.
While these research studies are always different, there is one common factor: our dedicated Love Research Army members. With their help, the following supported studies completed enrollment:
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.
The initial Call to Action for this study was on 11/12/2019 and the researchers closed enrollment on 10/19/2020. The study enrolled 2,452 participants, many of whom were sourced through the Love Research Army.
The purpose of this study is to understand the financial experiences of women with breast cancer who choose breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. A research team from the University of Michigan has developed an anonymous online survey that will help them learn more about patient-provider communication, how breast cancer patients make medical decisions related to breast reconstruction, and the impact their reconstruction decision has on their financial well-being.
The initial Call to Action for this study was on October 10th, 2019 and the researchers closed enrollment on September 17th, 2020. The study enrolled 920 participants, many of whom were sourced through the Love Research Army.
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. The initial Call to Action for this study was on 2/26/2020 and the researchers closed enrollment on 9/28/2020. The study enrolled 120 participants, the majority of which were sourced through the Love Research Army.
This study aims to identify non-genetic factors that cause only one twin in a pair to get breast cancer. This information could help researchers identify ways to help prevent breast cancer from occurring. The initial Call to Action for this study was on 7/12/2017 and the researchers closed enrollment on 9/2/2020. The Love Research Army provided them with 235 participants who were interested in enrolling in the study.
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 needed 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 could compare test results between the two groups.
The initial Call to Action for this study was on 5/15/2019 and the researchers closed enrollment on 08/28/2020. The Love Research Army provided them with 112 participants who were interested in enrolling in the study.
Regular physical activity is beneficial for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, potentially reducing the likelihood of recurrence. Studies have also found exercise can help decrease fatigue, improve mood and cognition, and increase sleep quality. However, many women find it difficult to begin or maintain a regular physical activity program. A research team from UT Southwestern Medical Center investigated a new way to help breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity — a six-month education program, available in two Texas locations: Dallas (UT Southwestern) and Fort Worth (Moncrief Cancer Institute). The initial call to action was sent on October 10, 2018. The study was closed on March 11, 2020.
The BREAST-Q is a questionnaire used around the world in patient care and research. The BREAST-Q measures quality of life and breast satisfaction. In this study, researchers tested 5 new scales relevant to all breast cancer patients and 7 new scales for women who develop arm lymphedema. These new scales will make it possible for researchers and health care providers to better understand the impact of breast cancer and lymphedema on quality of life.
The initial Call to Action was sent in July of 2018. The researcher then expanded the study to include all women with any stage of breast cancer, with or without breast reconstruction. The study closed on January 3, 2020.
The purpose of this research is to learn how the results of your Oncotype Dx® test results affect your health-related quality of life; your feelings of distress, anxiety, depression, and fear; and your perceived risk of recurrence. The researchers will use these findings to develop a personalized symptom management program to help improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors. The research team wanted to enroll up to 130 participants.
The initial Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on August 7, 2019 and the researchers closed enrollment on January 2, 2020. The AOW provided them with 138 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.
The purpose of this study is to develop and test a safe, effective, and individualized exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness program that can help survivors of early-stage breast cancer on an anti-estrogen therapy reduce bone loss. This new online program, called Thrivors™, provides instructions for home- or gym-based exercises, resources for nutrition and mindfulness, and educational content on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis. This study will compare participants' experiences using two different versions of the Thrivors™ program: ThrivorsBasic™ and Thrivors+BoneHealth(BH)™.
The initial Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on April 20, 2019 and the researchers closed enrollment in December of 2019. The AOW provided them with 189 women who were interested in enrolling in this study
The purpose of this study is to see how well two different types of group programs—mindfulness-meditation classes and survivorship education classes—meet the needs of young survivors. Up to 360 women were needed for this study.
The initial Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 3, 2017 and the researchers closed enrollment in August of 2019. The AOW provided them with 358 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.