Breastlink's Blog

A breast cancer blog with news, opinion, research and practice updates.


Breastlink Provides Breast Cancer Screening in Glendale

By |August 5, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

marcia-ray-breastlink

For over 20 years, Breastlink has helped thousands of women all across southern California. Originally centered in Orange and Riverside Counties, Breastlink has recently expanded into Los Angeles with the opening of the Marcia Ray Breastlink Women’s Imaging Center in Glendale. The new location will make it easy for women to obtain mammograms and other diagnostic breast imaging from top radiologists without traveling far from their homes in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley.

How Breast Imaging Improves Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer affects more women than almost every other type of cancer. Breast imaging provides doctors with the information necessary to […]


BPA & It’s Effects

By |May 3, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

 

BPA

In recent years, more and more people have become more conscious about the foods they eat. Everyone expects their food to be healthy and safe for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, food packaging may be harboring hidden chemicals that many would like to avoid. One of the most well-known is the toxic chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is found almost everywhere, especially in common household products like water bottles and tin cans. A new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund found that 67% of nearly 200 food cans samples tested positive for BPA, a well-known hormone […]


When is Double Mastectomy Appropriate?

By |April 7, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||3 Comments

double-mastectomy

Most women have heard of mastectomy, which is commonly performed to treat or reduce risk for breast cancer. In the age of improved cancer treatment, improved screening tools, and emphasis on long-term survival and benefits, it is important to question exactly when and for who a double mastectomy is beneficial.

Risk-Reducing Prophylactic Mastectomy

Prophylactic mastectomy is the most commonly performed preventive surgery in women at very high risk for breast cancer. Prophylactic mastectomy involves the surgical removal of virtually all breast tissue. Some high-risk women with no previous breast cancer diagnoses may consider this option. Some women previously diagnosed with breast cancer may […]


Breastlink Welcomes Dr. Shlomit Ein-gal

By |March 1, 2016|Categories: Press Releases||1 Comment

ein-gal-post

Shlomit Ein-Gal, MD, a board-certified oncologist, recently joined Breastlink, where she will primarily work with patients out of our offices in Orange and Laguna Hills. Dr. Ein-Gal has been treating patients in Orange County since 2010 when she began fellowship training at University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her impressive academic background and clinical experience makes Dr. Ein-Gal a strong fit to join the Breastlink team.

 

Dr. Ein-Gal’s Academic Background

Prior to joining Breastlink, Dr. Ein-Gal worked with a private oncology practice in Laguna Niguel. She had previously completed a hematology-oncology fellowship at UCI. She […]


Research Points to Benefits of 3D Mammography

By |February 25, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Technician with patient getting mammogram

Digital tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, has emerged as an effective breast imaging tool. 3D mammography combines conventional 2-dimensional mammogram images with additional 3-dimensional views. This enables enhanced views of breast tissue and research suggests 3D mammography offers several benefits over conventional 2D mammography.

Improved Cancer Detection Rate & Reduced Recall Rate

Numerous studies have shown the benefit of 3D mammography over conventional 2D mammography.  Both prospective and retrospective trials have shown a significant increase in cancer detection and a decrease in recall rate with 3D mammography.

One prospective randomized trial, published April 2013 in Radiology by Skaane et al.


Takeaways from the 2016 ASCO Cancer Survivorship Symposium

By |February 21, 2016|Categories: Oncology, Research||0 Comments

survivor2016

On January 15, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists hosted the inaugural Survivorship Symposium in San Francisco. More than 800 doctors from numerous disciplines, researchers, patients and patient advocates gathered for the event focused on advancing cancer survivorship care issues. I recently wrote a joint article for Breast Cancer Social Media Community about the 2016 ASCO Survivorship Symposium with Stacey Tinianov, a breast cancer survivor and patient advocate.

Personalized Care for Cancer Survivors

One theme at the 2016 ASCO Survivorship Symposium was “One Size Fits No One.” There are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and their needs […]


Developments in Multi-Gene Panel Tests for Breast Cancer

By |February 9, 2016|Categories: Oncology, Screening||0 Comments

Numerous genetic mutations are linked to increased risk for breast cancer. Genetic testing can identify these mutations and guide patient management decisions. Over the past decade, multi-gene panel tests have gained traction in clinical settings. These evaluate up to 43 breast cancer-related genes, compared with limited BRCA 1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) tests. In a recent review for World Journal of Surgical Procedures, I discussed whether multi-gene panel testing should replace limited BRCA1/2 testing.

Background to Genetic Testing

Since the mid-1990s, we have known about the link between BRCA1/2 and risk for breast cancer, which account for 30 to 50 percent of breast […]


Congress Passes Breast Cancer Patient Education Act

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

congress-breast-cancer

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

nutrition-tips-social

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.

RavenQuinnAcousticAlbumArtwork
[…]