Who is SHINE for? 

You may be eligible to join the SHINE study if you:

  • Have a history of breast cancer that has not spread to other parts of your body (ductal carcinoma in situ or stages 0-III)
  • Completed your last breast cancer treatment of chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery 12 or more weeks ago
    • it is OK if you currently take adjuvant endocrine therapy (like Tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor), have reconstructive surgery scheduled, or take certain other kinds of medications for your breast cancer (like Herceptin)
  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Are female
  • Have a romantic partner
  • Have sexual concerns from your cancer treatment, like pain with sex, less desire for sex, vaginal dryness, or trouble with orgasm 


How do I join the SHINE Study?

You may be approached or contacted by a research staff member at your health care center if they believe you could be eligible for this study based on your cancer treatment history. They can tell you more about the study and send you the online screening form to see if the study is right for you (see Step 5 below).

If you have not been approached or contacted by anyone at your hospital about the SHINE study and you would like to see if it may be right for you, please do the following:

1.    Visit the SHINE Study listing at the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Page

2.    Under “Locations & Contacts” section header, select the state for your health care center from the drop-down menu.

3.    Look to see whether the health care center where you received cancer care is listed. A contact phone number and/or email address will be included there.

4.    If your health care center is NOT listed, you can:

a.  Check back later: We will regularly add new sites through the study period.
b.  Contact another local health care center that is listed. Some health care centers may be able to enroll participants who did not receive care with them. This would require you to sign a release form for the health care center to access your medical records for the duration of the study. 

5.    The local study contact will review your medical records to make sure this study is right for you. If you are not eligible based on your medical records, they will let you know.

6.    If you are eligible based on your medical records, the local study contact will contact you to complete a confidential online screening form. This form will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers to this form are private. Once you have completed this form, the study contact will be automatically notified about whether or not you may be eligible to participate. They will contact you to let you know if you are eligible or not.

7.    If you are eligible to participate, the local study contact will review study details with you and answer any questions you may have. 

8.    If you are eligible and would like to join the study, you will complete informed consent with the local study contact and be enrolled in the study.

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