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What is Dense Breast Tissue?

By |August 26, 2014|Categories: Imaging, Screening|Tags: , |0 Comments

In early 2013, the state of California required medical imaging centers to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, as revealed in a screening mammogram. Since then, many of our patients have asked me what is dense breast tissue?
Orange County Breast Center | Dr. June Chen
To help women better understand breast density, I recently participated in a question and answer format for an Asian-American media outlet. Please find a summary of the exchange below. What breast imaging topics would you like me to discuss in my next blog post?

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

“Dense breasts are not uncommon. Breasts are composed of […]


Cryoablation for Benign Breast Tumor Treatment

By |August 22, 2014|Categories: Dr. Lisa Curcio, Surgery|Tags: |0 Comments

Fibroadenomas are benign breast tumors. They most frequently occur in women during their reproductive years. Although breast fibroadenomas are noncancerous, they can cause pain and affect the look, shape and feel of breasts. They usually do not affect breast cancer risk.

Conventional fibroadenoma treatment includes close monitoring for changes or growth, or surgical excision to remove breast fibroadenomas. However, a novel, FDA approved treatment called cryoablation offers many women an alternative option.

Conventional fibroadenoma treatment

Dr. Lisa Curcio | Laguna Hills, California | Breast Cancer DoctorFibroadenomas, which are solid lumps that may feel like a marble within your breast, are usually detected through physical exam. […]


American Cancer Society to Honor Dr. John Link

By |August 15, 2014|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: |0 Comments

American Cancer Society Orange County to Honor Oncologist Dr. John Link and Businessman Dale Lyon at the Celebration of Life Gala

Breast Oncology | Dr. John LinkSanta Ana, CA -June 5, 2014 -  The American Cancer Society’s Orange County Region will hold its fourth annual Celebration of Life Gala to support the American Cancer Society’s fight for a world with less cancer and more birthdays at the Hotel Irvine on Saturday, September 27, 2014. John Link, M.D. of Irvine, a medical oncologist and founder of Breastlink will be the Medical Honoree for his life-long efforts to save lives from cancer. Dale Lyon […]


More Women are Choosing Breast Reconstruction Surgery

By |August 11, 2014|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

Two recent reports indicate that more women are electing to have breast reconstruction after their treatment for breast cancer has completed. This mirrors our observations at Breastlink, where more than 90% of our breast cancer patients undergo a breast reconstructive procedure. What are the factors contributing to this increase?

Breast Reconstruction Surgery Increasing

A January 2013 study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery compared the rate of an immediate breast reconstruction surgery from 1998 to 2008. The analysis tracked 178,600 mastectomy cases in the period, which provide a large sample size to identify any trends. The study reported the rate that women selected immediate reconstruction after mastectomy increased from […]


Healthy Eating for Breast Cancer Patients

By |August 4, 2014|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: |0 Comments

Our previous post discussed the importance of creating a healthy diet and lifestyle plan for breast cancer patients and survivors. Eating well during treatment will help to promote healing and maintain energy and strength. After treatment is completed a healthy diet and lifestyle will contribute to reducing risk of breast cancer recurrence as well as reducing risk of other health problems such as high blood pressure, Type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

But what does a nutritious diet plan look like for cancer patients and survivors?  Let’s start at the beginning by taking a look at nutrition basics, what we call the major or macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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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, breastdensityinfo.com 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: |1 Comment

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 […]