Clinical 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 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.