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The Importance of Breast Cancer Research

First Annual CRC Charity Golf Tournament

The Importance of Breast Cancer Research: proceeds of the first Cancer Research Collaboration Charity (CRC) Golf Tournament will be used to support ongoing efforts of the CRC and its partners to fight cancer.

The Cancer Research Collaboration is currently preparing to host its first annual CRC Charity Golf Tournament in Mission Viejo. A great chance for golfers to play a round while supporting a worthy cause and for other supporters to engage during a dinner reception, the event is sure to be a hit.

However, while we wait for the fun to begin, it is important to take a moment to remember why […]

By | September 5, 2014|Categories: Cancer Research|Tags: |0 Comments

Family History and Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Genetics and family health history play an intricate, if not yet fully understood, role in breast cancer risk.

Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Research has shown women with a family history of breast cancer have a higher risk for diagnosis than women with no family history of breast cancer.

It is important to take the time to learn about the medical and cancer incidence history in your family. This can help you to make informed decisions about cancer screening, including mammography. Empowering yourself with history about your family’s history with cancer is a proactive strategy to plan for a long, healthy life.

Family History of […]

By | September 2, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer Risks, Dr. Lisa Curcio|0 Comments

What is Dense Breast Tissue?

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 fibroglandular […]

By | August 26, 2014|Categories: Breast Conditions|Tags: , |1 Comment

Cryoablation for Benign Breast Tumor Treatment

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. Following […]

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

American Cancer Society to Honor Dr. John Link

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 of […]

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

More Women are Choosing Breast Reconstruction Surgery

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 21% […]

By | August 11, 2014|Categories: Breast Surgery|1 Comment

Kadcyla Research Shows Promise in HER2 Positive Breast Cancer Treatment

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 […]

By | July 28, 2014|Categories: Cancer Research, Oncology|0 Comments

3D Mammography Improves Breast Cancer Detection Rates

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 Advocate […]

By | July 7, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|Tags: |1 Comment

When Should a Woman Get a Mammogram?

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 sandwiches […]

By | June 30, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|Tags: |0 Comments

Can 3D Mammography Make Breast Cancer Screening More Accurate?

Study suggests 3D digital mammography used in combination with traditional screening mammography significantly reduces recall rates.

Since mammography was introduced in the late 1960s, it has been one of the most valuable tools available to women and their physicians in the fight against breast cancer. From 1990 to 2009, as screening mammography rates approximately doubled, the breast cancer mortality rate dropped by one-third. Mammography saves lives.

However, while capable of detecting most breast cancers while they are still small and curable, traditional mammography has its limitations. At West Coast Radiology Center, we are constantly on the lookout for ways to make breast cancer screening more effective — and 3D mammography, or breast […]

By | March 7, 2014|Categories: Breast Cancer Screening|Tags: |0 Comments
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