Aunt Minnie (9/12, Yee) reports that research indicates “most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are notified over the phone.” Investigators surveyed 2,900 patients with breast cancer who had been diagnosed between 1967 and 2017. Prior to “2007, approximately 25% of patients were informed of their diagnosis by telephone; after 2007, that number increased to more than 50%, the group found.” The researchers also found that “since 2015, it has risen further to 60%.” The findings were published online in Supportive Care in Cancer.
The Radiology Business Journal (9/11, Walter) reports California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed SB-1034, extending the state’s “breast density reporting legislation...through 2025.” Amy Colton, a nurse and patient advocate, said in a prepared statement, “This is potentially life-saving information for the women of California. While our hopes were for a complete repeal of the sunset clause, we are grateful California women will continue to receive information about their breast density and its implications for cancer detection and risk.” Colton added, “The notification provides a foundation for the continued, critical conversation between patients and physicians to increase early detection.”
Aunt Minnie (9/11, Forrest) reports that research suggests “diffusion-weighted MR images (DWI-MRI) acquired 12 weeks after the start of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer may provide the best indication of how patients will respond to treatment.” The findings from the “study, known as the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) 6698 trial,” were published online in Radiology.
The Radiology Business Journal (9/6, Walter) reports researchers concluded that the expected 95% positive predictive value of the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) category 5 classification is feasible. The researchers reviewed “more than 22,000 consecutive examinations performed between January 2010 and September 2015” at a single academic institution, and found a 97.5% positive predictive value, which meets the expectation. The findings were published in Academic Radiology.
Diagnostic Imaging (9/6) reports researchers found that “the greatest mortality reduction based on stage of breast cancer diagnosis is achieved when mammographic screening starts at age 40.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.