September 2013 

September 30, 2013

RT To IM-MS Lymph Nodes May Improve Survival In Women With Early Breast CancerRadiation therapy to the internal mammary and medial supraclavicular (IM-MS) lymph nodes can improve overall survival in women with early breast cancer, according to new findings

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September 27, 2013

Strut-Based Brachytherapy May Be Effective, Safe For Women With Early Breast Cancer
Strut-based brachytherapy appears to be an effective and safe treatment for women with early-stage breast cancer, said researchers in a presentation at the ASTRO 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. Researchers from the SAVI Collaborative Research Group (SCRG) studied the long-term outcomes of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using strut-based applicators among women with breast cancer.

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September 26, 2013

Older Women In Appalachia May Have Higher Late-Stage Breast Cancer Rates
Older women living in the poorest areas of Appalachia fail to get regular breast cancer screening and have a higher incidence of late-stage breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Health Services Research.

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September 20, 2013

Breast Tomosynthesis May Differentiate Invasive Cancers From DCIS
Breast imagers always try to minimize their exposure to medical malpractice -- especially as delayed breast cancer diagnosis is the most common cause. But the real risk of being sued is much lower than most radiologists estimate, according to a talk at this week's American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) Breast Imaging Symposium (BIS) in Phoenix.

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September 19, 2013

Shorter Course Of Radiation May Be Effective For Patients With Early Breast Cancer
In women with early breast cancer, three weeks of high-dose radiation is as effective as the current standard -- five weeks of lower-dose treatment, British researchers say

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September 13, 2013

Study: Survival After CNS Metastases May Vary Based On Breast Cancer Subtype
Survival among patients with central nervous system metastases who underwent cranial radiation varied considerably based on breast cancer subtype, according to study results presented at the Breast Cancer Symposium

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September 11, 2013

New Web Site Helps Clinicians Navigate Challenges Related To Breast Density Notification Laws
A team of California-based breast imagers and breast cancer risk specialists have developed a website to help navigate the new challenges posed by breast density notification laws, according to a special report published online in the journal Radiology.

Read more: Diagnostic Imaging, RSNA

Visit the California Breast Density Information Group website here.

September 9, 2013

Study Suggests Earlier Mammography May Benefit Younger Women
A new study published online September 9 in the journal Cancer has found that more than 70% of deaths from breast cancer in a group of over 7,000 women occurred in individuals who did not receive regular screening mammograms. The findings indicate that breast screening saves lives -- particularly for women in their 40s, the researchers believe.

Read more: Aunt Minnie, NBC News, MedPage Today.

ACR, SBI Statement on Cancer Study: More Widespread Breast Cancer Screening Needed in Younger Women

Study abstract available here.

September 9, 2013

Abbreviated Breast MRI Protocol May Detect Breast Cancer
An abbreviated breast MRI protocol demonstrated accuracy for cancer detection comparable to that of full diagnostic MRI protocols, suggesting potential as a screening method in high-risk women, according to research presented at the Breast Cancer Symposium, sponsored by ASCO, among others. The study found that “both the abbreviated and full breast protocols identified 11 invasive breast cancers missed by digital mammography in 443 women.”

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September 5, 2013

Most Women May Have Incorrect Estimate Of Their Breast Cancer Risk
Most women do not have an accurate idea of their personal risk of breast cancer, according to a new survey that polled more than 9,000 women.

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September 5, 2013

Proposed CMS Rule Will Negatively Impact Women's Access To Expedient Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies
CMS is proposing changes to reimbursement in 2014 that will prevent qualified physicians (radiologists and surgeons) from doing the biopsies in their offices or free standing imaging centers. The proposed cuts to reimbursement will not sufficiently cover the cost of the biopsy devices/supplies/operating costs, so physicians will be challenged to be able to afford and provide these biopsies in their offices or centers.

See the list of talking points here.