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Understanding Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

By |April 14, 2015|Categories: Dr. Lisa Curcio, News||0 Comments

There are steps all women can take to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer.

It is not possible to completely eliminate your chances for developing breast cancer, but there are steps you can take to reduce risk. Some risk factors, like age and genetics, cannot be changed. However, certain lifestyle choices can help you to prevent breast cancer and there are steps you can take to minimize risk associated with factors you have no control over.

This post is the first in a Breastlink series on breast cancer risk and prevention. Here, we will go over some of the risk factors that affect your chances of developing breast cancer and […]

Breast Biopsy Results Not Always Accurate

By |April 9, 2015|Categories: Surgery||0 Comments

The results from a recent breast biopsy study reinforce the importance pathologists play in the management of breast diseases. Oncologists can have all the greatest tools at their disposal, but without an accurate diagnosis, these tools can be rendered useless.

A new study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), provides further evidence towards this inclination. The March 2015 study suggests that pathologist frequently disagree on some high-risk breast lesions.

Breast Biopsy | Is it ADH or DCIS?


  • Pathologists generally agreed, at a rate of 96 percent, when it came to samples of invasive breast cancer.
  • When pathologists were studying DCIS samples, they were able to reach […]

Breast Cancer Patients Lack Knowledge of Disease

By |April 2, 2015|Categories: Oncology, Surgery||1 Comment

Many breast cancer patients are unfamiliar with basic information about their disease. Researchers who recently surveyed patients regarding tumor stage, grade and hormone receptor status were surprised by the amount of women without accurate knowledge of these cancer characteristics. Without information about their condition, women miss out on opportunities to improve their health and outcomes.

Do Breast Cancer Patients Understand Their Disease?

Few studies have investigated whether women with breast cancer understand specific details about their cancer. In a survey of 500 women, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston sought to find out how much women actually know about their disease. Results were published in the January 2015 issue […]

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 […]