Updates from #SSO2019

7 April 2019 The Society of Surgical Oncology held their annual meeting in San Diego, CA from March 27-30, 2019. Approximately 1700 surgical oncologists were in attendance. As the organization is geared towards the entire field of surgical oncology, only a portion of the meeting covered breast cancer. Here are some of the highlights: Genetic Testing and Management Dr. Judy…

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Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening with Ultrasound

1 April 2019 A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine casts doubts on the commonly held belief that addition of screening ultrasound to screening mammography improves the rate of breast cancer detection.  It is well known that mammograms do not pick up all breast cancers. In the approximately 40% of women who undergo screening mammography who have dense breasts,…

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Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

11 March 2019 A study recently published in JAMA Oncology adds to the growing body of literature noting the advantages of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3D mammography, compared to the more widely available digital (2D) mammography (DM). While mammography is still considered the “gold standard” for breast cancer screening, there are some limitations. Approximately 40% of women have…

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Updated Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Guidelines

12 February 2019 The American Society of Breast Surgeons has issued updated genetic testing guidelines for patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The new guidelines recommend that genetic testing to include BRCA 1/2 and PALB2 mutations (and other genes as appropriate based on clinical scenario and family history) be made available to all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. They…

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Decline in Cancer Deaths

9 January 2019 The American Cancer Society has just published their updated “Cancer Facts and Figures”, documenting cancer incidence and mortality rates. When combined by disease site, cancer death rates have decreased by 27% from 1991-2016, resulting in approximately 2.6 million cancer deaths avoided. From 2007 – 2016, cancer death rates have declined approximately 1.8% per year for men, and…

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Recent Pregnancy and Breast Cancer Risk

19 December 2018 A study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine noted that breast cancer risk increases after childbirth, peaking at about 5 years after delivery. The increased risk was seen to persist for over 20 years. The Annals study pooled the results from 15 prospective series. They found that in women with prior pregnancy, who had their…

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Body Fat, BMI, and Breast Cancer

10 December 2018 Being overweight after menopause is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. But a new study suggests that our traditional measure of overweight, the body mass index (BMI) may not tell the whole story. A recent study, published in JAMA Oncology, performed detailed body composition analysis on 3000 women who were of normal BMI. They found…

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Breast Cancer Updates from ASCO 2018

14 August 2018 I was honored to participate in a Sharsheret national webinar, where breast cancer research that had been presented at the June 2018 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology was reviewed. The webinar video and transcript are linked below. Dr. Sharyn Lewin, a gynecologic oncologist, presented ovarian cancer research updates. Transcript Link Additional Sharsheret Symposia Transcripts DISCLAIMER: Dr.…

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Tailoring Chemotherapy Decisions – TAILORx Study Results

4 June 2018 The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, a gathering of over 40,000 oncology specialists, was held this past weekend in Chicago. One of the studies that received a significant amount of press attention was the TAILORx study. There are several genomic tests which evaluate a tumor’s DNA to better determine how aggressive that tumor is,…

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Does Breast Cancer Surgery Cause Metastatic Disease?

15 April 2018 Press coverage of a study recently published in the journal Science Translational Medicine has raised a lot of eyebrows and may be causing unnecessary worry in patients. The headline in USA Today noted “Healing process after breast cancer surgery may trigger cancer to spread, study says.” Not mentioned in the headline: the study was performed in mice.…

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