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When is Double Mastectomy Appropriate?

By |April 7, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]