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Kadcyla Research Shows Promise in HER2 Positive Breast Cancer Treatment

By |July 28, 2014|Categories: Oncology||0 Comments

Recent research into modern breast cancer therapies have driven major breakthroughs in antibody-drug conjugates, or “smart drugs,” which work by targeting cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy body tissue.

Kadcyla, also known ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), is one of the latest “smart drugs” 
to be FDA-approved in the treatment of women diagnosed with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Kadcyla may also have potential as therapy after surgery where intent is curative.

Breastlink participated in the EMILIA trial, a key clinical trial that helped lead to swift approval of Kadcyla for HER2-positive advanced breast cancer. We also are participating in other ongoing trials to investigate additional uses for Kadcyla in HER2 […]

A Lifesaving Story from Joan Lunden

By |July 23, 2014|Categories: Imaging, Screening||0 Comments

How a screening breast ultrasound exam may have saved the life of Joan Lunden, a former co-host of Good Morning America.

The topic of breast density has been a hot topic in America. 18 states, including California, have enacted laws mandating women be informed if a screening mammogram reveals dense breast tissue. If you would like to learn more about breast density, please visit our website, or contact one of our centers.

Joan Lunden returned to Good Morning America on June 24, 2014 to share she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Not only did she hear the words every women dreads to hear – “you have […]

Nutrition for Breast Cancer Patients & Survivors

By |July 14, 2014|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: |0 Comments

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, consuming a healthy diet in addition to adopting a healthy lifestyle can play an important role in your overall treatment plan.

While there is no single nutrient that will prevent breast cancer or eliminate the risk of cancer recurrence, consuming a wide variety of foods will help to promote healthy immune function, help to maintain energy and strength during treatment and help to promote healing. After treatment is complete, eating a healthy diet combined with healthy lifestyle choices will help to keep your cancer risk as low as possible and help you to stay well.

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3D Mammography Improves Breast Cancer Detection Rates

By |July 7, 2014|Categories: Imaging|Tags: |0 Comments

3D mammography outperforms conventional mammography in cancer detection and recall rates.

Breast Tomosynthesis | 3d mammography orange county, CaliforniaRecent research published June 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Association reflects the potential for 3D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis) to improve breast cancer screening. This is the latest study to shine positive light on 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, a relatively new technology that can create detailed, three-dimensional visual representations of breast tissue. Researchers determined that, combined with conventional mammography, 3D mammography was able to reduce recall rates and improve breast cancer detection.

Researchers led by Sarah M. Friedman, M.D., of […]

When Should a Woman Get a Mammogram?

By |June 30, 2014|Categories: News, Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

Mammogram and party may seem like quite the oxymoron, yet the festive atmosphere at Breastlink’s Temecula Valley center proved the two words can live together in harmony.

When Should a Woman Get a Mammogram and Other Questions to Ask at a Mammogram Party

When Should a Woman Get a Mammogram | Temecula Valley | Dr. Amy BremnerA guitar player comfortably seated by the office front door strummed her instrument, providing a nice palate of background music. A table resplendent with pink and white sweets, including a tiered strawberry-pink Bundt cake, candy sticks, lollipops and gumballs, added to the festivities.

While guests munched on chipotle chicken […]

The Importance of Informing Women About Dense Breast Tissue

By |June 24, 2014|Categories: Imaging, Screening||0 Comments

Across the country, more and more women will be informed when mammography reveals dense breast tissue – and that’s a good thing.

Extremely Dense Breast Tissue | OCMA Talk Orange CountyRhode Island recently joined California and 16 other states with the passage of a breast density inform law requiring radiologists to inform women when screening mammography reveals dense breast tissue. It has been a little more than one year since California’s own breast density inform law went into effect and it is worth taking a moment to remember why it is important to make women aware if they have dense breast tissue.

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Local Women Bring Breast Cancer Questions to Michelle’s Place

By |June 17, 2014|Categories: News, Surgery||2 Comments

Mastectomy or lumpectomy? Chemotherapy? Breast reconstruction? Radiation?

These are just a few of the decisions a breast cancer patient faces after receiving her diagnosis.

With so many medical advancements and earlier detection of the disease, treating breast cancer today also means making a lot of decisions. A crucial part of your treatment is to better understand what to ask your doctor, what choices you have and what sources to reach for if you want to conduct your own research to answer your breast cancer questions.

Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Questions Forum

That’s why about 30 individuals packed the room at Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center in Temecula one recent evening to […]

New Hope, New Challenges for OC Women

By |April 7, 2014|Categories: Imaging, Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

Since Angelina Jolie shared her story with the world there has been much discussion about breast cancer and measures to prevent or early detect breast cancer. Sometimes it takes someone who is in the public eye to bring important medical issues to light. Although the Angelina story has proven to be very effective in making the public aware that surgery can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have inherited the breast cancer gene, in reality, only a small percent of women carry this mutation.

In April 2013 a new California law (SB-1358) went into effect that impacted risk assessment efforts in approximately half of all women receiving mammograms in […]

Can 3D Mammography Make Breast Cancer Screening More Accurate?

By |March 7, 2014|Categories: Imaging, Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

Study suggests 3D digital mammography used in combination with traditional screening mammography significantly reduces recall rates.

Since mammography was introduced in the late 1960s, it has been one of the most valuable tools available to women and their physicians in the fight against breast cancer. From 1990 to 2009, as screening mammography rates approximately doubled, the breast cancer mortality rate dropped by one-third. Mammography saves lives.

However, while capable of detecting most breast cancers while they are still small and curable, traditional mammography has its limitations. At West Coast Radiology Center, we are constantly on the lookout for ways to make breast cancer screening more effective — and 3D mammography, or […]

Canadian Mammography Screening Study

By |February 24, 2014|Categories: Imaging, Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

Following the recent Canadian study published about mammography screening I remain convinced that young women should strongly consider mammographic screening on an annual basis.

Mammography Screening Studies

The recent Canadian study on mammography screening has sparked a major controversy. On the surface, it was an impressive study that included more than 50,000 women who were followed for 25 years.1 It concluded that women between the ages of 40 and 49 receive no benefit from mammographic screening.

These findings are in direct contrast to a larger study from Sweden, which demonstrated a major survival advantage for women in the same age group who underwent routine screening.2