June 2013

 

June 28, 2013

Rural Women May Be Less Likely To Undergo Certain Breast Cancer Treatments
Breast cancer patients in rural areas of the United States are less likely than those in cities to receive recommended radiation therapy after having a lumpectomy, a new study finds.

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June 27, 2013

Mammography Study: Human Brain May Be Wired To Miss Targets When They Occur Less Frequently
Radiologists miss breast cancer on mammography exams for many reasons, including failures of perception, poor compression or positioning, and breast density. But another reason is that the human brain may be wired to miss targets when they occur less frequently, according to a study published in PLOS One.

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June 26, 2013

NICE Recommends Chemoprevention Of Breast Cancer With Tamoxifen, Raloxifene
Chemoprevention of breast cancer with tamoxifen and raloxifene is recommended for women in England and Wales who have a high risk for breast cancer in an updated guideline from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

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June 18, 2013

Radiologist Communication May Help Reduce Anxiety In Patients Undergoing Breast Biopsy
Patients undergoing breast biopsies feel less anxious when they believe the radiologists are listening to them and discussing issues that are concerning them, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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June 17, 2013

Use Of 3D Digital Mammography Grows
Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), introduced in 2011 for use in breast cancer screening and diagnosis, is being selected by more women when getting a mammogram. Study findings suggest the use of DBT along with conventional 2D breast imaging can be beneficial in detecting cancers, especially in patients with dense breast tissue. The use of DBT has reduced false positives, as well as the need for multiple views.

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June 17, 2013

Expert Criticizes Study Claiming UK Screening Program Has Not Reduced Breast Cancer Mortality
A study claiming that the national breast screening program in England has not reduced mortality from breast cancer, widely reported this week in the British media, is seriously flawed, Dr. Daniel Kopans told Medscape Medical News.

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June 14, 2013

Study: CR, DR Breast Screening Performance May Be Comparable
Radiologists reading breast screening studies had comparable performance regardless of whether the images were acquired with computed radiography (CR) or digital radiography (DR) mammography systems, according to a Belgian study published online in European Radiology. Still, DR delivered a lower radiation dose than CR.

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June 12, 2013

Mammography Doesn't Reduce Breast Cancer Death Rates: U.K. Study
While the number of women dying from breast cancer is decreasing, mammography screening can't take the credit, according to a new study from England that looked at 40 years of data. In the study, published June 11 in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, researchers found the greatest reduction in breast cancer deaths over the nearly 40 years studied was in women under 40, an age group not routinely offered screening.

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June 10, 2013

Breast Cancer Mortality in Participants of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program
A new study from the Cancer Registry of Norway shows that the nationwide Norwegian mammographic screening program reduces breast cancer mortality by 43 % among attendees compared to non-attendees. This is a much larger effect than expected. The results are based on a large epidemiological study using data from about 700 000 Norwegian women aged 50-69. The study was published online in Cancer on May 29, 2013.

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June 6, 2013

Study Supports Adding Shear-Wave Elastography To Second-Look Breast Ultrasound
Adding shear-wave elastography to a second-look breast ultrasound study performed after dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) can detect nearly a third more cancers than B-mode ultrasound alone, Ohio researchers have found. Dr. Donna Plecha, director of breast imaging at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland presented the research during a session at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting.

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June 6, 2013

Reading Volume May Affect Mammography Diagnostic Accuracy Performance
Radiologists who read fewer than 1,000 mammography studies per year may have worse diagnostic accuracy than those who read more, according to a new study published online June 4 in Radiology. The performance threshold is more than twice what is required in the U.S. for radiologists who read mammograms.

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June 5, 2013

Automated Breast Density on Par with Visual Assessment
Ten states have passed breast density legislation, and another 19 and the federal government are considering bills. Thus, breast density measurement is becoming increasingly important in practice. Automated volumetric breast density tools may provide an objective way for practices to reliably measure density, according to a study published in the June issue of Clinical Radiology.

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June 4, 2013

Radiation Alone May Be OK For Certain Patients With Node-Positive Breast Cancers
Breast cancer patients with a positive but nonpalpable sentinel lymph node may be better off with radiation than with further axillary surgery, the AMAROS trial affirmed. Recurrence rates came out similarly low with either treatment, at 0.5% with completion axillary lymph node dissection and 1.0% with axillary radiotherapy over 5 years, Emiel Rutgers, MD, of the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, and colleagues found. Overall survival didn't differ between the groups either, they reported here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

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