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Rads judge breast density the same for digital, analog mammo
February 28, 2013 -- Mammography images can look significantly different based on whether they were acquired with a digital or analog system. But such differences in appearance don't seem to affect the ability of radiologists to score breast density accurately, according to a study in the March issue of Radiology.
Experts discuss proton therapy's potential for breast cancer
February 27, 2013 -- Proton therapy is currently used to treat brain, spine, and prostate cancers, as well as many pediatric tumors. Earlier this month, experts from some of the leading U.S. cancer centers gathered to discuss the emerging role of proton therapy in breast cancer.
Ultrasound CAD aids in characterizing breast lesions
February 6, 2013 -- Ultrasound computer-aided detection (CAD) technology can improve reader accuracy and diagnostic confidence for distinguishing between benign and malignant breast lesions, according to Japanese researchers.
Accelerated RT with boost works well for breast cancer patients
February 6, 2013 -- Accelerated whole-breast radiation therapy (RT), which shortens radiation treatment duration by half, is proved to be as effective as conventional therapy for early-stage breast cancer patients. Whether a concomitant boost is needed remains a subject of debate among radiation oncologists due to the overall treatment's potential toxicity.
Study finds biennial mammograms just fine for older women
February 5, 2013 -- Screening mammography every two years for women ages 66 to 89 is just as beneficial as annual screening exams, regardless of whether the women have comorbidities. What's more, less frequent screening reduces false-positive rates by 19 percentage points, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Lumpectomy with RT tops mastectomy for early-stage cancer
January 28, 2013 -- Women with early-stage breast cancer sometimes opt for mastectomy rather than less radical surgery out of concern about cancer recurrence. But recurrence risk was lower for women who chose lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy (RT) compared with those who received mastectomies, according to a study published online on Monday in Cancer.
Could a new breast MR protocol replace screening mammo?
January 25, 2013 -- Using a streamlined breast MR protocol for women with dense tissue takes less time and finds more early cancers than mammography -- potentially replacing it as a screening modality, according to research presented at the RSNA 2012 meeting.
Bras aid positioning for large-breasted women during RT
January 25, 2013 -- Large-breasted women pose a challenge when radiation therapy (RT) for early-stage breast cancer is being planned and performed. Using a bra or bustier improves simulation and positioning in the supine position, according to an article published in the January issue of Practical Radiation Oncology.
DBT could replace mammo for evaluating noncalcified lesions
January 24, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could replace conventional diagnostic mammography for further workup of noncalcified lesions found on screening mammography, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
ACS: Risk of death from smoking spikes among women
January 23, 2013 -- Women's smoking habits have grown increasingly to resemble those of men, and as a result, today's women face a dramatically higher risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease compared with female smokers 20 to 40 years ago, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
DBT bests mammo for working up suspicious lesions
January 16, 2013 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is more accurate than mammography for working up suspicious findings on screening exams, which could translate into fewer recalls and unnecessary biopsies, researchers from Pittsburgh report in the January issue of Radiology.
MRI tumor features help predict breast cancer recurrence
January 16, 2013 -- Certain tumor features as seen on contrast-enhanced breast MRI may be predictive of breast cancer recurrence, potentially helping clinicians assess prognosis and determine the most appropriate treatment, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Serial compression US can exclude DVT in pregnant women
January 14, 2013 -- Serial compression ultrasound and Doppler imaging can reliably and safely exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnant women who are suspected of having the condition, according to research published online on Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
1-view tomo more sensitive than 2-view digital mammo
January 11, 2013 -- Among patients with abnormal mammograms, one-view digital breast tomosynthesis showed better sensitivity and negative predictive value than full-field digital mammography for those with fatty and dense breasts, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Screening is best reserved for those expected to live longer
January 10, 2013 -- Patients signing up for breast or colon cancer screening should have a minimum remaining life expectancy of at least 10 years to boost the chances of benefiting from the exams and overcoming their inherent risks, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco in an article in BMJ.
Study shows DBT plus mammo finds 40% more invasive cancers
January 9, 2013 -- In one of the first large-scale studies of its kind, Norwegian researchers have found that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in combination with conventional digital mammography detects 40% more invasive cancers and decreases false-positive rates by 15%.
New technologies drive Medicare breast screening costs higher
January 7, 2013 -- Medicare costs for breast screening are being driven higher by new technologies such as digital mammography and computer-aided detection, which are being adopted in spite of limited data on their effectiveness, according to a study published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
MRI can detect breast cancer in average-risk women
January 2, 2013 -- A study by German researchers shows MRI screening can help detect breast cancer in women who are only at average risk of developing the disease and have no personal or family history of breast cancer.
Rad therapy doesn't help survival for stage I endometrial cancer
December 31, 2012 -- A Cochrane update evaluating radiation therapy for stage I endometrial cancer patients has again concluded that the treatment doesn't affect survival outcomes. But its findings, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sparked some controversy.
NIH study: Cancer screening rates fall over decade
December 28, 2012 -- Cancer survivors on the lookout for secondary tumors maintained their traditionally high screening rates, but screening compliance by almost everyone else has declined over the past decade, according to a report published online December 27 in Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.
Tomo plus FFDM reduces recall rates by more than a third
December 28, 2012 -- Adding tomosynthesis to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) can reduce recall rates in a routine screening population by more than a third -- in addition to finding more cancers, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2012 meeting.
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