Peritumoral Fat as a Promoter of Invasive Breast Carcinoma
Aims: The purpose of this study is to evaluate fat tissues around breast cancer and in non-affected breast tissues. Through this study we hope to gain understanding of how fat tissues may promote breast cancer progression. Patients will undergo mastectomy as standard of care. Left over tissue from the mastectomy will be banked for the research study. Study tissue samples will be submitted to the NorthShore Research Institute for analysis and storage. Corresponding information will be collected from the medical record pertaining to breast cancer diagnosis and imaging findings. Patients will not receive results of any analyses done for research purposes.
Diagnosis: Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator:
Katharine Yao, MD
IRB Approval Number:
EH10-244
Sponsor:
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Contact:
For more information, interested participants may contact the Research Coordinator at 847.570.1681 or email bmartz@northshore.org
Open to Enrollment: Yes

Improved MRI Images of High Risk Breast Lesions
Aims: To determine whether the use of breast MRI in patients with high-risk breast lesions (ADH, ALH, LCIS, etc) can help identify patients who have high-risk lesions that can be managed with surveillance rather than surgical excision. Patients with high-risk breast lesions are recommended to have surgical excision as standard of care. As part of this research study, patients would undergo a research-MRI at Evanston Hospital prior to surgical excision of the high-risk lesion. The research MRI is paid for by the study and patients are provided a $50 stipend for undergoing a research-MRI with contrast agent. MRIs will be reviewed by a radiologist prior to surgery in case any additional suspicious areas are noted.
Diagnosis: High Risk Breast Lesion
Principal Investigator: Katharine Yao, MD
IRB Approval Number: EH12-104
Sponsor:
  Illinois Department of Public Health and University of Chicago Collaborative Pilot Award
Contact:  For more information, interested participants and clinicians may contact the  Research Office at 847.570.1681 or email bmartz@northshore.org
Open to Enrollment: Yes

Surgical Decision Making for Noninvasive and Invasive Breast Cancer
Aims: The purpose of this study is to develop a screening survey for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to better understand how patients are making their surgical treatment decision. Patients interested in participating will complete a baseline questionnaire 6-months after surgery. These will be done during a scheduled office visit or mailed to the patient at home.
Diagnosis: 
Breast Cancer 
Principal Investigator
:  Katharine Yao, MD
IRB Approval Number: EH12-335
Sponsor
:  The Auxilary of NorthShore University HealthSystem
Contact:
  For more information, interested participants and clinicians may contact the Research Coordinator at 847.570.1681 or email bmartz@northshore.org
Open to Enrollment: Yes

Young and Strong: An Educational and Supportive Care Intervention Study for Young Women with Breast Cancer
Aims:
The purpose of this study is to improve the health of young women recently diagnosed with breast cancer by use of an educational and supportive intervention relating to exercise and a healthy lifestyle. We hope to learn about the experience of young women with breast cancer through this study.
Diagnosis: 
 Breast Cancer diagnosed 18-45
Principal Investigator:  Katharine Yao, MD
IRB Approval Number: EH12-385
Sponsor: 
 Dana Farber
Contact:  For more information, interested participants and clinicians may contact the Research Coordinator at 847.570.1184 or email mturk@northshore.org
Open to Enrollment: Yes


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