Triple-Modality Therapy May Be Effective at Treating Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Research Suggests

Friday, April 28, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/28) reports treating inflammatory breast cancer with traditional triple-modality therapy resulted in a 95.5% five-year survival rate with no local recurrence, according to a study presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ annual meeting. Researchers found that 113 of 114 patients with inflammatory breast cancer who “were treated with chemotherapy prior to mastectomy and postsurgical radiation...had clear margins with no disease remaining at mastectomy tissue edges” in their post-treatment pathology reports. 

Nebraska Governor Signs Breast Density Notification Bill Into Law

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/26) reports that Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) “has signed a breast density notification bill into law.” The law “goes into effect on September 2.” 

Researchers Build Photon-Counting Breast CT Scanner

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/27, Barnes) reports a team at Duke University Medical Center built a “photon-counting detector breast CT scanner” that “reliably imaged geometric phantoms that included biological material, and reliably reproduced attenuation coefficients and properties of materials,” according to research presented at ECR 2017 last month. The article reports that the system “acquired images at a radiation dose comparable to that of film-screen mammography.” 

Breast-Milk Analysis May One Day Be an Alternative to Mammograms for Some Women, Study Suggests

Monday, April 24, 2017

HealthDay (4/22, Doheny) reported that a study suggests “breast-milk analysis may someday offer an alternative to mammograms for women in their childbearing years.” Study first author Roshanak Aslebagh said, “We have found alterations in protein expression in the breast milk of women with breast cancer compared to women without breast cancer.” The findings were presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting. 

Former SBI President Debra Monticciolo Defends Annual Mammography Screening Starting at Age 40

Friday, April 21, 2017

DOT Med News (4/19, Mitchell) reports on the current state of the debate over “what age women should be screened for breast cancer, and how often.” Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Commission, said, “The ACR is not aware of any information that would cause us to change our recommendation that average-risk women begin annual mammography screening at age 40.” The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends “biennial screenings starting at age 50.” In addition to the ACR, “the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society for Breast Imaging, and 81 percent of other primary care physicians surveyed (family and internal medicine)” all favor “screenings starting at age 40.” Monticciolo added, “An analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology showed that if USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines were followed, approximately 6,500 additional women each year in the U.S. would die from breast cancer.”