Research for Survivors

Atrophic Vaginitis in Breast Cancer Survivors

If you’re a postmenopausal breast cancer survivor experiencing pain, vaginal dryness, itching, and a decrease in quality of life and sexual satisfaction, you might be a candidate for a study being conducted by researchers at Ohio State University.
Atrophic vaginitis in breast cancer survivors is common and can result in a decrease in quality of life and sexual satisfaction.
Those who qualify for the study will be randomized to one of two arms:  (1) oral omega 3 fatty acids, or (2) placebo, as a daily oral dose for a total of 6 months. The study will monitor the potential improvement in atrophic vaginitis as measured by self-report symptoms and vaginal pH at baseline, three-, and six-months.  Self-report questionnaires, pills counts, and medication diaries will be collected at monthly intervals.

For more information about this study or to see if you quality, please contact Joanne Lester, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, AOCN at

Yoga benefits for breast cancer survivors

Life after cancer can involve fatigue, physical changes and depression. Research shows that cardiovascular exercise can diminish these problems, but what if you can’t do it or have no interest in it?

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, and collaborators at The Ohio State University Medical Center have launched the OSU Stress and Health Study to examine other ways to relieve cancer-related symptoms – a follow up on prior studies examining how stress, diet, activities and social support can affect the immune system. Their work has shown that depression increases the risk of infection and delays wound healing, while health-promotion activities, like yoga can improve immunity and depression. 

“Yoga is idea for cancer survivors,” says Kiecolt-Glaser, “because its graded postures can be modified for individuals who are physically limited or sedentary.” The new study focuses on breast cancer survivors, but all cancer survivors can experience the benefits.

The study will enroll 200 stage 0, I, II and IIIa breast cancer survivors who are two to 36 months post/chemo, -radiation or -adjuvant therapy (except tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors). Participants will be assigned to a 12-week yoga intervention or to a yoga intervention starting after six weeks of observation.  To learn more or find out if you are eligible to participate, call (614) 293-4736, e-mail or visit the OSU Stress and Health Study Web site.


The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: