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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY December 2017 | Archived Issues

Study to Explore Role of Hormones in Breast Cancer

Researchers at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center — A Project of Women's Guild, are conducting a study to explore the role hormones play in the development of breast cancer. The purpose of the study is to find differences in hormone levels between patients who have a new diagnosis of breast cancer and those who do not.

The aim is to develop a blood test to identify patients with early breast cancer or to identify those at higher risk of developing breast cancer.

To be eligible to participate, you must be:

  • A female patient aged 18–50
  • Currently having regular menstrual periods (not pregnant)
  • Not taking birth control pills or other hormones

You do not have to have breast cancer to participate. If you have breast cancer, you must participate in the study before you receive treatment (major surgery, radiation or chemotherapy).

Subjects will have blood drawn between two and four times, and must answer a short questionnaire during study visits. Participation is voluntary.

For more information, contact Edward Phillips, MD, or Laura Sarmiento, research coordinator, at 310-423-4295.

The Role of Hormones in Breast Cancer (PDF)