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Other Ways to Take Part in Research

Athena Breast Health Network

Athena brings together women, their doctors, and researchers in pursuit of a common goal – better breast health for every woman.
Athena will serve more than 150,000 women receiving breast care at all five University of California medical centers and their affiliates. Learn more about Athena.

Army of Women

An initiative of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, the Army of Women gives all women the opportunity to take part in research focused on what causes breast cancer and how to prevent it. Learn more about the AOW.

Cancer Survivor Registry: The Breast Cancer M.A.P.

Led by the Cancer Support Community, the M.A.P. project is looking at the emotional and social needs of women and men with breast cancer. Learn more about the registry.

Studies You Can Take Part in From Home

Not all breast cancer studies require you to visit the research site. You can see all of the “no visits required” trials listed on BCT in the No Visits Required QuickView.



other Types of Studies

When you think about clinical trials, studies that are investigating new treatments are probably the first that come to mind. But there are actually many different types of studies underway.

Epidemiology Studies

Unlike clinical trials, epidemiologic studies (sometimes referred to as observational studies) do not involve any type of experimental drug or intervention. Instead, study participants are observed over time. The Sister Study, for example, is a long-term observational study of women whose sister(s) had breast cancer that is investigating environmental and genetic factors that affect a woman's chances of getting breast cancer.

You can see all of these studies listed on BCT in the Epidemiology QuickView.

Prevention Studies

These types of studies are designed to investigate ways to reduce a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. Many of these studies look for volunteers who are at high risk of getting breast cancer because they have a strong family history of breast cancer, are known to carry a BRCA genetic mutation, or have a number of known breast cancer risk factors.

You can see all of these trials listed on BCT in this Prevention QuickView.

Screening/Diagnostic Trials

These types of studies are investigating new tests or new ways to use the tests we already have to find breast cancer in its early stages.

You can see all of these trials listed on BCT in the Screening QuickView and the Diagnostic QuickView.

Quality of Life Trials

These trials (also called Supportive Care trials) are looking at the long-term impact of breast cancer. Many of these trials aim to identify effective ways to improve the quality of life of post-treatment survivors or patients living with metastatic disease, through lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and weight loss.

You can see all of these trials listed on BCT in the Supportive Care QuickView.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Studies

An increasing number of studies are investigating the role that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can play in breast cancer care.

You can see all of these trials listed on BCT in the CAM QuickView.

Biomarker Studies

Biological markers (biomarkers) are molecules that provide information about the cancer cell, such as the mutations that are fueling its growth or the drugs that will provide the most effective treatments. Many breast cancer studies now underway are aimed at identifying biomarkers that can be used to identify breast cancer subtypes, determine the most effective cancer therapy, or measure whether the tumor is responding to the cancer therapy or if the tumor is spreading.

You can see all of these trials listed on BCT in the Laboratory QuickView.