Q: Breast cancer research studies almost always seem to be about postmenopausal women. Are there any clinical trials for younger women?
A: Because young women represent a smaller percentage of women living with breast cancer, they’ve often been overlooked in research exploring new treatments, screening methods and more.
An increasing number of young women, and the healthcare professionals who treat them, are voicing the need for clinical trials specific to the cancer profiles and concerns of young women.
These sources will help you find studies that are seeking participants. Those recruiting premenopausal women are especially focused on younger women (others may be looking for women in a wider age range):
- The Young Survival Coalition’s Current Studies section lists ongoing research projects specific to young women affected by breast cancer.
- LBBC’s Clinical Trials Resource Center, in partnership with CenterWatch.com, contains listings of both industry-sponsored and government-funded clinical research studies on breast cancer as well as profiles of research centers, what it means to be in a clinical trial and recent drug trial results.
- The National Cancer Institute clinical trials database lets you search in your area or beyond by cancer type, stage and scope of research.
Reviewed by Clifford A. Hudis, MD