Army of Women Call to Action

What should I do? What treatment is best? These are just some of the questions women face after a breast cancer diagnosis. If you are recently diagnosed, have not started treatment or have only had surgery, and would like information about treatment options; please consider participating in the Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer Study.
This study may sound familiar. That is because we sent out Calls to Action in 2010 to recruit 720 women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. With help from the Army of Women members, the researchers are working toward their goal. But they still need many more women to participate! If you were recently diagnosed with breast cancer and live in the United States, or know someone who does, please read on to learn more about the study.

We know that not everyone will be able to join this study. But that’s OK! Every member of the Army of Women community has a chance to participate in her own, important wayby joining a study, passing along our information, or helping recruit new members. Help to fill this study by forwarding the Call to Action to your fiends, family members, or anyone you know who might be interested in learning more! And keep looking at our e-blaststhe next study could be the one for you or someone you know!

What’s the study about?

Researchers throughout the country are working with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service to determine the best way to get information to women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The information is about treatment options and it can help women in making their decisions. The researchers want to find out the best way to deliver the information: by mail, in the form of print materials, or by the Internet.

What’s involved?

All that’s required is about 20 minutes of your time.

1) If you appear to be a match for the study you will be e-mailed a toll-free number to call the Cancer Information Research Program Call Center.

2) Let the Interviewer know that you heard about the study from Army of Women and that you are interested in being part of the Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer Study.

3) Answer a few questions to ensure that you are eligible for the study. If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will then receive information on breast cancer treatment options. You will either receive printed materials through the mail or you will be instructed on how to access information through a computer. How you will receive the information is decided randomly, like the flip of a coin. But whether delivered through the mail or the computer, the information is the same.

4) Accept two follow-up phone calls from an Interviewer: the first call will take place two months later, and the second call seven months after that. The calls will be short. The purpose of the calls is to see how you are doing, and to find out how helpful the information was to you.

Who is conducting the study?

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, is being conducted by Peter C. Raich, MD, a medical oncologist at the University of Colorado, Denver, and a team of researchers around the country.


Anywhere in the United States

Who can participate?

You can be part of the Healing Choices for Women with Breast Cancer Study if you match ALL of these:

-You are a woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer

-You have been diagnosed with stage I,II, or III breast cancer

-You have not yet begun chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or hormonal therapy

-This is your FIRST breast cancer diagnosis (not a recurrence)

-You do not have a history of a previous cancer (but non-melanoma skin cancer and in situ cancer of the cervix will be allowed)

-You are 18 years of age or older

-You have access to a phone

-You have access to a computer

-You speak and read English

-You live in the United States