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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Army of Women

About a week or two ago I received an email about a study being conducted at Stanford University regarding sleep and the effects of stress with Metastatic Breast Cancer.  They are still looking for more women.  Here is the link to the web site and I am going to try to copy and paste the link to sign up for the study.

http://www.armyofwomen.org/  (Link to sign up for Army of Women)

Too much stress and not enough sleep are familiar to many women with breast cancer. The question is whether they might lead to recurrence by affecting your immune system. That is what a group of researchers at Stanford University want to find out. They are studying the effect that stress and sleep-related hormones may have on the immune system and cancer progression.

If you are a woman who has metastatic or recurrent breast cancer and you might be interested in participating in this study...please read on.
Even if this study isn't right for you, please pass it on! PLEASE REMEMBER, if you don't fit the criteria for this study, there are MANY, MANY more upcoming studies and one of these studies might need someone just like you!!

What's the study about?
The purpose of this study is to learn about the relationships between psychological factors such as stress, quality of sleep, hormones, immunity, and cancer progression. This study will enroll 125 women, and at this time needs up to 20 more.  

What's involved?
If you join the Stress and Breast Cancer study, you will be asked to answer questions about your medical history and health-related behaviors. You will also participate in a 2-week at-home sleep data collection, which includes keeping a sleep log, wearing a watch-like device that will assess your activity and sleep, and two nights of more detailed sleep recording. Finally, you will be asked to stay at Stanford Hospital for 28 hours (2 days and 1 night)where your sleep will be assessed, and you will be asked to provide blood samples through an IV, saliva samples, and complete a psychological assessment including interviews and questionnaires.

If you do not live within 1 to 2 hours of Stanford University, in addition to the 2-week at-home sleep data collection, you will be asked to travel to Palo Alto, California for 4 days and 3 nights. If needed, hotel accommodations and travel to and from the airport will be provided.

Who is conducting the study?
David Spiegel, M.D., Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences atStanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 

You can join the Stress and Breast Cancer study if you match
 ALL of these MAIN categories: 
-You are a woman between 45 and 75
-You have metastatic or recurrent breast cancer
-You live in the United States
-You are willing to travel to Stanford University in Palo Alto, 
California for 
2 days and 1 night, if you live within 1 to 2 hours of the University
 ; or 4 days and 3 nights if you live farther away.
-You have not had another cancer in the past 10 years other than 
breast cancer, skin cancer, or in situ cancer of the cervix

here is the UTL for signing up...  



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