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Many Unaware of Cancer Risk Factors

By |March 23, 2015|Categories: Dr. Lisa Curcio, Screening||0 Comments

There are steps you can take to help prevent cancer. Many lifestyle choices we make can increase or decrease our risk. However, a recent survey suggests many patients do not understand how these choices affect their chances for developing cancer.

How Well Do Americans Understand Cancer Risk Factors?

To gauge general understanding of cancer risk factors, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has periodically surveyed patients since 2001. The AICR 2015 Cancer Risk Awareness Survey included responses from more than 1,100 individuals. Here are some of the results:

  • Only 42 percent of respondents were aware that diets low in vegetables and fruit can increase cancer risk. This is […]

Breast Tissue Density Awareness

By |March 16, 2015|Categories: Imaging||0 Comments

Breast Density Awareness Varies Among American Women

Awareness of breast tissue density issues varies among American women. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota recently performed a national, cross-sectional survey to gauge differences in breast density knowledge across different patient populations.

Breast Tissue Density awareness

Approximately 1,500 women responded to the survey and results were published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. Based on results, researchers determined that race and ethnicity, education and income played a role in how likely a woman was to understand breast tissue density issues.

  • 58 percent of respondents had heard of breast density.
  • 49 percent were aware breast cancer detection can be affected by breast density.
  • 53 percent […]

Your Nutrition and Health: Research Roundup

By |March 6, 2015|Categories: Nutrition||2 Comments

At Breastlink, we believe that treating breast cancer means treating more than just the disease. As part of our comprehensive set of breast health care services, we offer several nutrition and health programs aimed at improving overall health and well-being. To help you achieve the healthy self that you want, we are excited to share some news regarding research into the relationship between our diets and our health.

Nutrition and health | Breast Cancer Diet | Orange County, California

Consumption of Fruit Juice Associated with High Blood Pressure

Drinking fruit juice everyday could result in high blood pressure, according to a study published […]


Palbociclib & Advanced ER-Positive Breast Cancer Treatment

By |February 22, 2015|Categories: Oncology||0 Comments

ibrance palbociclib er positive breast cancerWomen with advanced estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer now have a new treatment option at their disposal. The FDA recently approved a drug called palbociclib (Ibrance®) as a frontline treatment for women with ER-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

Palbociclib granted accelerated approval

Research investigating palbociclib has delivered promising results. Based on the phase 2 results of the PALOMA-1 clinical trial, palbociclib was granted “breakthrough therapy designation” by the FDA. On February 3, the FDA announced it had approved palbociclib through an accelerated process because clinical data showed clear potential for clinical benefit to patients.


Developments in Radiation Therapy and Surgery

By |February 15, 2015|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

A lot of exciting advancements in breast cancer research were announced this past December at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). In a previous post, we touched upon some of the developments in breast cancer screening, prevention and genetic testing. In this post, we will look at several other interesting updates presented at the 2014 SABCS.

  • Predicting outcome for women with DCIS who avoid radiation.
  • Developments in radiation therapy suggesting women could benefit from shorter courses of radiation therapy as opposed to longer courses.
  • Trends and controversies surround contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2014

Genomic Testing, DCIS and Avoiding […]


Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy News

By |February 2, 2015|Categories: Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments

Offering centralized breast cancer treatment can improve processes for breast reconstruction care. By establishing a comprehensive breast health center, one provider was able to dramatically reduce the time it took for patients to schedule breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

Composed of multidisciplinary teams of physicians dedicated solely to breast health care, comprehensive breast health centers deliver improved patient care by housing these providers in one location for the purpose of streamlining breast cancer care. One breast health center recently attempted to measure these improvements in a case study published November 2014 in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

How collaborative care can improve treatment

In this case study, outcomes for patients treated […]


Do Breast Density Laws Improve Public Knowledge?

By |January 26, 2015|Categories: Imaging, Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

It is essential that women and their physicians understand how breast density affects breast cancer risk and screening. As of December 2014, 18 states had passed breast density laws to help improve public knowledge surrounding breast density by requiring radiologists to inform patients when mammography reveals dense breast tissue.

Despite these developments, several recent surveys suggest that neither patients nor physicians fully understand the relationship between dense breast tissue, breast cancer risk, and breast cancer screening.

Patient Knowledge Regarding Breast Density

Public awareness campaigns to promote mammography screening have been effective and a significant reason breast cancer mortality has fallen over the past several years. In a survey conducted by the Working […]


Can Cryoablation treat breast cancer?

By |January 19, 2015|Categories: Dr. Lisa Curcio, Research, Surgery|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cryoablation is a novel treatment currently used to treat benign breast tumors (called fibroadenomas). Cryoablation is now being studied in patients with certain types of small breast cancer. The treatment places a small probe in the center of the cancer and subsequently uses liquid nitrogen to destroy breast cancer tumors by freezing them.

In the treatment of fibroadenomas, cryoablation has proven less invasive and less likely to affect cosmetic appearance than surgery. It could be possible for breast cancer patients to enjoy the same benefits in the future.

How does cryoablation work?

The American Society of Breast Surgeons calls cryoablation of fibroadenoma ‘safe, efficacious and durable.’ Currently, the American Society of Breast […]


SABCS 2014: ER Positive Breast Cancer Treatments

By |January 16, 2015|Categories: Oncology, Research|Tags: , , |0 Comments

As the 37th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) drew to a close, a range of intriguing clinical observations and long-awaited trial updates had made the event a valuable experience for investigators and attendees alike. Among some of the most interesting updates, in my opinion, were advancements in treatments for estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer, premenopausal breast cancers and advanced breast cancers.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2014

ER Positive Breast Cancers

Results from the FERGI trial were presented at this year’s meeting. This trial is investigating the new agent pictilisib, which belong to a new class of drugs called PI3K inhibitors that […]


Informing Women About the Benefits of a Mammogram Exam

By |January 12, 2015|Categories: Imaging, Screening|Tags: , |0 Comments

Despite large-scale campaigns to publicize the importance of breast cancer screening, a lot of faulty information regarding the mammogram exam is still being delivered to patients and sometimes interpreted as fact.

To gauge where gaps in knowledge about breast cancer screening are most commonly occurring, the Working Mother Research Institute recently surveyed more than 2,500 women aged 35 and older to see what they know. While the results contain good news, there are areas where physicians can better educate their patients.

Most Women Have Been Screened

Fortunately, many women are well aware of the importance of screening. A majority of women (80 percent) surveyed for the ‘Working Mother Breast […]