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Investigators Seek To Determine If New Three-Dimensional Ultrasound Can Help Detect Cancer In Women With Dense Breasts.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On its website, CBS News (12/13) reports that physicians “in Southern California are testing a new technology that could” help detect cancer in women with dense breast tissue. The researchers are “testing a new three-dimensional ultrasound called SoftVue.” According to CBS News, “the machine scans the entire breast using sound waves.” The investigators are still enrolling patients in the study.

Review Finds Radiotherapy May Convert Breast Cancer Into In Situ Vaccine.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cancer Therapy Advisor (12/6, Furlow) reports on a “review of preclinical and early human trial data” presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium finding that “radiotherapy’s pro-immunogenic effects might improve the antitumor efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibition.” Silvia Formenti, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York, New York, said, “Most breast cancers may require multiple immunotherapeutic interventions to become an in situ vaccine.” Dr. Formenti said that the review supports using “3 to 5 doses of 8 Gy each when radiotherapy is combined with immunotherapy.” 

Review Finds Radiotherapy May Convert Breast Cancer Into In Situ Vaccine.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cancer Therapy Advisor (12/6, Furlow) reports on a “review of preclinical and early human trial data” presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium finding that “radiotherapy’s pro-immunogenic effects might improve the antitumor efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibition.” Silvia Formenti, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York, New York, said, “Most breast cancers may require multiple immunotherapeutic interventions to become an in situ vaccine.” Dr. Formenti said that the review supports using “3 to 5 doses of 8 Gy each when radiotherapy is combined with immunotherapy.

Survey Finds Most Women Prefer Annual Breast Cancer Screening.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Aunt Minnie (11/21, Yee) reports that a survey of 731 women found that 71 percent preferred to have breast screening once a year, according to a study to be presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago. The article says the frequency of screening has “been debated fiercely since 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its recommendation from annual screening to screening every two years beginning at age 50.” The American College of Radiology (ACR), for instance, recommends annual breast cancer screenings begin at age 40. Dr. Ghizlane Bouzghar from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia said, “Women are much better educated about the value of screening mammography than they are given credit for” and “the USPSTF’s concerns about mammography’s ‘harms’ are somewhat paternalistic.” 

Overweight Women May Be More Likely To Have Larger Tumors At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Suggests.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Newsweek (11/20, Dovey) reports that a study “suggests that in addition to being at higher risk of developing breast cancer, overweight women are more likely to have larger tumors at the time of diagnosis.” The findings are to be presented at the Radiological Society of North America meeting. 

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