OK. I’m impressed. A swift answer, and one that actually addresses my questions in a substantive way. If any of you sign on, I encourage you to ask about funding. I confess I am curious to know why the Department of Defense funds breast cancer studies. It would seem they have an inherent conflict of interest, given their main mission involves strewing toxic substances about.
Still, we have here the tools we need to evaluate each study on its own merits.
Thank you for your email and providing feedback. We have not previously included the funding source in our study e-blasts, but it is definitely something we can consider for the future. The majority of the studies we help recruit for are funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Avon Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Komen Foundation. The Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women’s Study is funded by internal, department funding from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
This study is enrolling women diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. I do not think a specific percentage of the funding for their study is earmarked specifically for bc met; rather, they are studying why young women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer of any stage.
We are currently helping recruit for a study looking specifically for women with metastatic breast cancer. This study is funded by the Department of Defense. You can find all of the study information here: http://www.armyofwomen.org/current/view?grant_id=492
The Army of Women conducts a rigorous review of the study applications we receive. Our goal is to identify research that is ethical, well designed, and asks an important question about breast cancer. Those studies found to be a good fit for the Army of Women are then reviewed by our external Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of researchers, clinicians, and advocates who are nominated by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, National Breast Cancer Coalition, American Association for Cancer Research, California Breast Cancer Research Program, and the Avon Foundation.
If you would like to know the funding source for a specific study we are recruiting for, please let me know and I will be happy to provide the information. If you have any additional questions, please let me know.
Again, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your support!
Leah Wilcox, MPH
Army of Women Research Project Manager
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
2811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 828-0060 Ext. 27
Fax: (310) 828-5403