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Clinical Research & Trials

Clinical Breast Cancer Research & Trials


Windsong Breast Care continually strives to provide the patients with the most up to date diagnostic and treatment options. Below is a summary of the current trials being conducted. All research is approved through an Institutional Review Board and conducted by personal with specialty training in Protecting Human Research Participants and Good Clinical Practice. Individual participation in research is based on specific inclusion and exclusion criteria and an informed consent process. In addition to WBC involvement in research related activities, they also support many other local facilities with specific protocol related imaging needs. Anyone interested in participating in an active research study can contact Kay Dekker, Breast Center Coordinator at 716-631-2591.

Windsong Recruiting Patients for Microbiome Study

Windsong is excited to continue its partnership with UB to assist with research designed to detect breast cancer sooner. Windsong Breast Care in conjunction with the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo is recruiting women to participate in a Microbiome Breast Ecology Study research study. This study will help us to learn more about why women develop breast cancer. The Breast Ecology Study, also known as the BEST STUDY, will study the microbiome—the bacteria and other single cell organisms that are found normally in every part of the body. The microbiome affects many diseases and the study will determine how it affects breast cancer to better understand cancer prevention and treatment.

The study is limited to those women whose surgery will be conducted at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Those women at least 35 years old who are interested should contact the study project manager , Rosa Bordonaro at 716-829-5603 or or Windsong’s Breast Navigators at 716-631-2500 x2115.

UB/ Komen/ Windsong – Collaborate – Photo Acoustic Breast Imaging Study

Windsong Radiology has worked with UB on another research opportunity, through collaboration with Dr. Jun Xia’s lab in Department of Biomedical Engineering at UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. The scientists at UB are working on development of a new imaging device for breast imaging. It is a photoacoustic system called Dual Scan Mammoscope (DSM), which uses laser light and ultrasound to image the breast. The purpose of the study is to collect clinical data to evaluate for cancer detection efficiency with this new device, and also to compare to the existing clinical imaging techniques, such as breast MRI, ultrasound and mammogram. According to Dr. Cynthia Fan, breast imaging radiologist and research collaborator at Windsong, this new technology is non-invasive, radiation-free and requires only minimal compression, therefore much more tolerable for patients. It holds great promise to improve breast cancer detection and tumor characterization. This research was initially generously funded by a grant from the Komen Foundation, and it has recently received a new $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to continue its work on developing the aforementioned portable DSM.

Currently, Windsong is assisting the researchers in identifying as many as the 180 breast cancer patients needed for the study. If you are interested in learning more regarding eligibility or participating, please contact a Windsong Breast Navigator at 716-631-2500 * 2115.


Windsong Radiology Breast Tomosynthesis and Mammogram Retrospective Analysis Protocol

Windsong Radiology group , affiliated with Windsong Breast Care is conducting a retrospective study to analyze the outcomes of 2 D full field digital mammography in dense breast tissue in relation to the implementation of 3D breast tomosynthesis, to determine if 3D breast tomosynthesis improved breast cancer detection rates. ( X. Cynthia Fan , MD, PhD)

Is Breast Cancer More commonly detected via Annual Screening mammography or diagnostic mammography?

Objective of this study is to determine the impact of mammography , both screening and diagnostic , on the frequency of breast cancer detection, Secondarily – to determine if variables such as age, type of breast cancer, type of mammogram and insurance status create a correlation to breast malignancy detected via mammography. ( X. Cynthia Fan, MD, PhD)

Evaluation of Mammography Compression

The goal of this study is to determine if it is possible to make mammography screening more comfortable without reducing mammography image quality. The study involves evaluating new methods of breast compression and attempt to improve patient comfort. Participants undergoing screening tomosynthesis mammography will be recruited to evaluate additional images with a new breast compression system. (X. Cynthia Fan, MD, PhD)

Development of Biomarkers in Urine for Breast Cancer

The goal of this study is to develop markers in urine which differentiate stages of breast cancer. Participants with positive breast biopsy results will be recruited to obtain a urine sample and complete a health questionnaire. (L. Mielnicki, PhD, M. McCourt, PhD) Internet- based Psychoeducation to Promote Initial Breast Cancer Adjustment: A Pilot Study The goal of this study is to evaluate an internet based educational program called Caring Guidance, for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Participants will have the opportunity to access to a web based program that provides psychosocial education, guidance and support. (R.Lally PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN) If you are interested finding out about breast cancer research or participating in an active clinical trial go the or American Cancer Society websites for information.