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Implementation of the Southwestern Oncology Group Committee on Women's Health Research Agenda: A Special Sabbatical for the Chairperson.

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Final rept. 1 Jan 95-30 Jun 96,

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This Final Report documents the implementation of the breast cancer research agenda of the Committee on Womens Health of the Southwest Oncology Group by its chairperson, Kathy S. Albain, M.D. During the special sabbatical award period, Dr. Albain formed a multidisciplinary network of collaborators and designed, initiated, or completed all aspects of this broad research agenda. The four original Tasks were each addressed on multiple levels. This work is summarized in detail in this Report, with supporting appendices for each of the specific aims. Thus, under Task 1, multiple national database projects were either completed or are currently ongoing for the study of prognostic factor interactions among very young women with breast cancer. Various analyses of Task 2 are in progress to analyze the cooperative group database regarding the elderly with breast cancer. With the completion of full accrual of one large Intergroup trial in postmenopausal women, the more detailed analyses of older age interaction with demographic-, tumor- and treatment-related factors were initiated. Task 3 resulted in the first report of lumpectomy utilization rates with respect to multiple variables among women with non-metastatic breast cancer subsequently enrolled on national adjuvant therapy trials. A model Lay Advocates Pilot Project was organized and became operational under Task 4, and a menu of research projects to address recruitment and survivorship issues were designed andor initiated. Dr. Albain and collaborators successfully competed for supplemental grants to support the conduct of these various research projects under all four Tasks, and received continuation funding from the National Cancer Institute tp continue the efforts initiated under this sabbatical.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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