Few US Surgeons Inappropriately Order Body Imaging Tests For Early Breast Cancer Patients Between Diagnosis And Date Of Surgery

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Medscape (6/10, Mulcahy) reports that research indicates that “only a minority (14%) of surgeons in the” US “inappropriately order body imaging tests for early breast cancer patients between their diagnosis and date of surgery.” The exams, “(PET scans, CT scans, and bone scans) — targeted by the 2012 ASCO Choosing Wisely campaign — are not recommended for staging because the chance of disease spread in this setting is very low, said lead study author Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, PhD.” However, investigators “found that a woman was three times more likely to undergo unneeded imaging if her physician’s previous patient underwent imaging than if the previous patient had not.” The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2015 Annual Meeting. 

International Panel Says Mammograms Most Beneficial For Women In Their 50s And 60s

Thursday, June 4, 2015
The AP (6/4, Marchione) reports that “a new, international panel of experts has studied the most recent evidence on mammograms to screen for breast cancer and says they” are most beneficial “for women in their 50s and 60s.” Meanwhile, “women 70 to 74 also benefit to a lesser extent.” This “new advice gives a global perspective, coming from 29 cancer experts from 16 countries, convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.” Their report was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study: Dense Breast Tissue Should Not Be Only Determinant For Supplemental, Alternative Screening Methods After Normal Mammogram

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging (6/3) reports that research suggests that “dense breast tissue should not be the sole determinant for supplemental or alternative screening methods following a normal mammogram.” The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.