In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink accent lighting illuminates the exterior of Bascom Hall and terrace plantings surrounding the Abraham Lincoln statue at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as dawn brightens the night sky on Oct. 20, 2017. Hanging between the building's column is a graphic banner of UW-Madison mascot Bucky Badger. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

If you're 18 years of age or older, have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and have been diagnosed with metastatic disease, you may qualify for the study

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To date, hundreds of participants have contributed to our preliminary results to help us uncover the secrets to long-term survival

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About the Study

We will identify long-term survivors with metastatic breast cancer and understand what has allowed them to be exceptional survivors.

The purpose of this research is to identify habits, medical care, and genes that help people live with cancer for a longer-than-expected time.  We will first ask you questions about your medical history, your treatments, your habits, and your diet.  After the survey is complete, we will re-contact some very long-term survivors who will have the option of having their genes tested.  Genes are the material passed from parent to child that determines the make-up of our bodies. Tumors also contain genes that can be altered through mutations, or changes in genes.  This research study hopes to identify genes in outliers and in their breast cancers that differ from other patients with a similar type of cancer.


View our eligibility criteria and take our eligibility survey! This survey will determine if you are eligible to participate in the study.

About Dr. Burkard

Dr. Mark Burkard, MD, PhD. Dr. Burkard is the Primary Investigator of the Outliers study.

The Principal Investigator, Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, is a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer.

He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Hematology-Oncology section of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. His goal is to prevent or cure cancer, or help people live better and longer with cancer.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the study, eligibility criteria, or additional information, we encourage you to contact the study team.

Study Coordinator Contact: Kayla K. Lemmon
Study Coordinator Phone: 608-262-4285