Turning To Internet, Social Media For Information About Breast Cancer Treatment May Help Patients Feel Good About Choice Of Therapy

Friday, July 29, 2016

HealthDay (7/28, Dotinga) reports that research indicated “women who communicated via social media after a breast cancer diagnosis and received information and/or support about treatment approaches were happier with their ultimate decisions.” The findings were published in JAMA Oncology.


Illinois Governor Approves Expansion of Breast Cancer Screenings

Monday, July 25, 2016
Insurance plans and Medicaid providers in Illinois will be required to cover a new technology for breast cancer screenings under a new law approved by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Researchers Find Wide Variation in Breast Density Assessment Across Radiologists

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reuters (7/18, Doyle) reports that research published online in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that “radiologists don’t agree on what qualifies as ‘dense breasts.’”

Prior Mammogram Access Important as Screening Protocols in Flux

Thursday, July 14, 2016

SBI Member Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton writes about the importance of giving women and physicians access to prior mammograms in order to reduce the number of false positives in an article published in Diagnostic Imaging. "We believe giving women and their physicians access to prior mammograms is crucial to reducing false positives, the callbacks they precipitate along with the concomitant costs to patients, providers, and payers. By reducing the "risks" of mammography screening by simply providing more comparison imaging data, the "benefits" of screening support existing guidelines to begin annual screening at age 40.  But if these new rationed screening protocols are adopted – against the advice of experienced breast doctors and researchers – the stakes for women having access to prior mammograms are raised even higher," said Peyton. 

Breast Lumps Found Between Scheduled Screening Mammograms are Better Evaluated with Targeted Ultrasound Than with Repeat Mammography, Study Suggests

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

HealthImaging (7/11, Pearson) reports that research suggests “breast lumps found between scheduled screening mammograms are better evaluated with targeted ultrasound than with repeat mammography, as the latter doesn’t add value beyond the former and so may only increase expense as well as radiation exposure.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.