MedPage Today (6/19, Bankhead) reported that research indicated “women with early breast cancer reported slightly better functional outcomes with a shortened course of radiotherapy as compared with a conventional protocol.” Investigators found that “patients rated the two radiotherapy strategies similar for treatment-related pain after 2 years of follow-up, and physicians reported similar cosmetic outcomes with hypofractionated and conventional radiation therapy.” Researchers found that “functional status and breast pain improved over time in both groups.” The findings were published online in Cancer.
The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) announces the creation of the Breast Imaging Fellowship Match Program which impacts more than 150 residents applying for breast imaging fellowship positions. The first match takes place in 2017 for the 2018 appointment year. The SBI serves as the sponsoring organization with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) managing the match process.
SBI member and renowned radiology researcher Etta Pisano, MD, FSBI, will represent the medical imaging community at the June 29 National Summit for the National Cancer Moon Shot Initiative in Washington. The daylong conference is intended to galvanize the Obama Administration’s push to double the pace of research toward curing cancer through the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot initiative.
The AP (6/13) reports New York lawmakers are “poised to expand access to breast cancer screening” by ordering “210 hospitals to expand hours when mammograms are offered and require insurance companies to eliminate deductibles and co-pays for the screening and some other diagnostic tests.” Newsday (NY) (6/13, Gormley) also covers the story.
The Radiology Business Journal (6/10, Walter) reports that the American College of Radiology has issued a prepared statement “saying it supports provisions in a new Senate bill that would extend the current two-year delay in implementation of US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations.” Under the measure, called “The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act,” the delay, “which is currently scheduled to expire in 2017,” would be extended to 2019. In the statement, Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, vice chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, said, “We strongly urge the Senate and House to pass these continued protections for women and their families into law.”