DOT Med News (3/24, Dubinsky) reported that “smokers who receive radiotherapy for breast cancer put themselves at a higher risk of lung cancer or heart attack than non-smokers.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Aunt Minnie (3/23, Yee) reports research suggests “a second opinion review of breast images from other institutions leads to a change in interpretation – and potentially disease management decisions – in almost 30% of patients.” The findings were published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Cancer Therapy Advisor (3/21, Primeau) reports that research indicated “ultrasound findings at mid-neoadjuvant (NAC) treatment of breast cancer were associated with residual cancer burden (RCB) among patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and hormone receptor (HR)-negative, HER2-positive disease.” The findings were published in The Oncologist.
U.S. News & World Report (3/21, Howley) details how high breast density is both a risk factor for breast cancer and an impediment in mammograms. The “American College of Radiology classifies density into four categories: mostly fatty, scattered density, consistent density and extremely dense.” Dense breasts “can obscure or hide worrisome spots because the mammogram simply can’t see them through the denser tissue.” In addition, density “is an independent risk factor for breast cancer.”
Cancer Therapy Advisor (3/21, Primeau) reports that research suggests “for most patients with breast cancer, the benefits of modern radiotherapy outweigh the risks of future secondary malignancy and heart disease.” The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.