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Congress Passes Breast Cancer Patient Education Act

By |January 25, 2016|Categories: Media, News||0 Comments

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The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCPEA), passed by Congress in December 2015, is federal legislation aimed at improving awareness of certain rights afforded to breast cancer patients. The Women’s Health Care and Cancer Rights Act, enacted in 1998, requires health plans that provide coverage for breast cancer care to include coverage for breast reconstruction. However, many patients remain unaware of this right. The goal of the  BCPEA is to help spread this information to breast cancer patients.

Patients Often Uninformed About Breast Reconstruction

Around 42 percent of women who undergo mastectomy subsequently undergo breast reconstruction, according to a […]


Response to the U.S. Government’s Latest Dietary Guidelines

By |January 21, 2016|Categories: Nutrition||0 Comments

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Last week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020. (1) This publication contains important information that affects all of us so let’s take a quick look to see what it’s all about.

Every 5 years our government reviews and revises the Dietary Guidelines for Americans based on new research findings or “evidence” as well as new information collected about the current health and health habits of people like you and me from across America. This is an enormous task requiring a 2-year commitment (unpaid!) by […]


Singer-Songwriter Donates Album Proceeds to CRC

By |January 18, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Raven Quinn, a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, recently released her third album The Acoustic EP. While you may be surprised to find music news on our blog, this album holds special significance for Raven and for us. It was the first album she released since her breast cancer diagnosis in June of 2015, and she is graciously donating one-half of all proceeds to breast cancer research through the Cancer Research Collaboration, a non-profit working with Breastlink Medical Group.

The album is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon.com, and everywhere digital music is sold. Signed and personalized physical copies of the album are available in Raven’s store at www.ravenquinn.com. CDs can also be purchased at the Pink Ribbons and Blessings shop at Breastlink Orange.

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The Impact of Multi-Gene Panel Testing for Cancer Survivors

By |January 15, 2016|Categories: Oncology, Research||0 Comments

Multi-gene panel testing has recently emerged as a safe and effective way to identify genetic mutations known to increase risk for breast cancer. Compared with earlier genetic tests, which required initial testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 followed by subsequent testing for other cancer-related genes, multi-gene panel testing can evaluate up to 43 genes. At Breastlink, we recently conducted a study to see how multi-gene panel testing affected treatment and screening decisions in cancer survivors who had previously tested negative for BRCA1/2.

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How Does Management Change for Cancer Survivors with Positive Results?

For our study, we retrospectively collected data from 914 Breastlink patients […]


Trends in Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Survival Rates

By |December 21, 2015|Categories: Breast Conditions, Oncology||0 Comments

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The long-term survival rate for women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or non-invasive breast cancer is excellent, according to a new study released in August. The study, “Breast Cancer Mortality After a Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ” revealed that this held true regardless of the type of treatment. […]


Breastlink Research at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

By |December 14, 2015|Categories: Oncology, Research||0 Comments

Every year, the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) hosts one of the most important breast cancer conferences in the world. Experts across various specialties gather to share updates in cutting-edge breast cancer treatments and interventions. At the 2015 SABCS, Breastlink joined the discussion to share research we’ve been working on with patients in Orange County.

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I had the opportunity to present a research poster and host a discussion on the results of a Breastlink study that I led: “Multi-gene panel testing and the cancers identified in patients at risk for hereditary breast cancer.” Dr. John Link presented a research poster […]


Breast-Dedicated Surgeon Dr. Lisa Guerra Joins Breastlink

By |December 10, 2015|Categories: News, Press Releases||0 Comments

Lisa E. Guerra, MD, a fellowship-trained breast-dedicated surgeon, recently joined Breastlink and will work out of our new location in Newport Beach. Dr. Guerra has spent the last seven years serving Newport Beach patients as a surgeon at the Hoag Breast Center. Her background in oncoplastic surgery, intraoperative radiation therapy and risk management will make Dr. Guerra a valuable addition to the Breastlink team. […]


Breastlink Brings Multidisciplinary Breast Care to Newport Beach

By |December 7, 2015|Categories: News, Press Releases, Uncategorized||0 Comments

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For more than 20 years, the multidisciplinary team at Breastlink has provided comprehensive breast health services to the women of Orange County. With locations in Orange, Laguna Hills and Murrieta, Breastlink has expanded to Newport Beach. Now, even more women can benefit from Breastlink services at a location convenient to them. […]


The 2015 ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium in Review

By |November 30, 2015|Categories: Breast Conditions, Imaging, News, Oncology, Research, Screening, Surgery||1 Comment

Every year, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists hosts a Breast Cancer Symposium to promote discussion about developments in breast cancer care and treatment. This event is an exceptional opportunity to learn about current trends and future directions that affect our patients and our daily practice. I was excited to attend the 2015 ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium and appreciate the thought-provoking dialogue that occurred.  In addition, I was also invited to present our own data on multi-gene panel testing.

Several topics of interest included the development of a new model for evaluating breast cancer risk in women with atypical hyperplasia, new data on recurrence in women with ductal carcinoma in […]


What is Mastectomy?

By |November 16, 2015|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

Most breast cancer treatments require some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Mastectomy refers to the surgical removal of the breast, but not necessarily the whole breast. […]