Lumpectomy & #43; Radiation May Cut Breast Cancer Mortality in DCIS
MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Treatment with lumpectomy and radiotherapy is associated with a reduction in breast cancer mortality versus lumpectomy or mastectomy alone among patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

$510,000 awarded to 10 startups at inaugural MassChallenge Texas finale
One makes nipples for people who get mastectomies, a couple of the startups turn trash into treasure, and one is even waging tiny wars in the water. Spurred on by some entrepreneurial words of wisdom, this crop of young companies is poised to have an impact on the world — and now they have some additional cash to further their dreams. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 16, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Mike Cronin Source Type: news

When Opioids for Cancer Pain Go Wrong: Clin Onc News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, breast-conserving surgery or mastectomy? (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 15, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Chest Wall Recurrences of Breast Cancer
A chest wall recurrence of breast cancer following mastectomy is a complex clinical problem that can push centers to the limits of their resources. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 15, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Cletus Arciero, MD, FACS, Peter Thompson, MD, Jane Lowe Meisel, MD, Caitlin E. Taylor, MD, Mylin A. Torres, MD, William C. Wood, MD Source Type: news

Association of radiation therapy plus lumpectomy in reduced risk of dying in women with DCIS
(JAMA Network) Lumpectomy plus radiation was associated with a small clinical benefit in reduced risk of breast cancer death compared with lumpectomy or mastectomy alone   in women   with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a noninvasive early form of breast cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 10, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Parsing the Worry Factor in Prophylactic Mastectomy
(MedPage Today) -- Patients may underestimate procedure's negative effects (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Mother who had a double mastectomy says reconstructive surgery has boosted her confidence
Nicole Darnell, 30, from South Wales, discovered she and her two sisters carried the mutated BRCA2 breast cancer gene after they watched their mother battle the disease twice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Magnetic System for Guiding Lymph Node Biopsies
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 -- A magnetic system for guiding lymph node biopsies in patients with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Sentimag System uses magnetic detection during a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Endomagnetics ’ device could help ID cancerous lymph nodes
Image courtesy of Endomagnetics, Inc. The FDA has approved Endomagnetics Inc.’s magnetic device system for guiding lymph node biopsies in breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy. The  Sentimag Magnetic Localization System detects magnetic seeds or a magnetic drug to identify the specific lymph nodes to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from the original tumor. A biopsy of these sentinel lymph nodes can help clinicians identify, remove and examine lymph nodes to determine whether cancer cells are present. “Sentinel lymph node biopsies are crucial for determining whether a patient’s b...
Source: Mass Device - July 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Diagnostics Drug-Device Combinations Oncology Endomagnetics FDA Source Type: news

FDA OKs New System for Detecting Lymph Nodes in Breast Cancer FDA OKs New System for Detecting Lymph Nodes in Breast Cancer
The FDA has approved the Magtrace and Sentimag Magnetic Localization System for identifying sentinel lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Alert Source Type: news

Breast cancer gene SCANDAL: Half the women who undergo mastectomies found to have harmless gene variant, NOT cancer
(Natural News) Half of American women who undergo bilateral mastectomy after genetic testing for breast cancer do not carry cancer-causing genes at all, a study revealed. The number of women undergoing preventive mastectomy reached exponential proportions following Angelina Jolie’s highly-publicized decision to remove both of her breasts in 2013. According to health professionals, millions have already... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential New Surgical Options for Women with Multiple Ipsilateral Breast Cancer
A newly published collaborative national study finds that most women with two or three sites of cancer in a single breast can successfully complete breast conservation therapy rather than mastectomy. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - July 16, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Geisel Communications Tags: News Research breast cancer Norris Cotton Cancer Center Source Type: news

New research finds that routine breast cancer tests lead to unnecessary mastectomies and chemotherapy
(Natural News) Are women’s fears of breast cancer driving them to get unnecessary, dangerous treatments like chemotherapy and mastectomies? A pair of studies shows just how much women are endangering their lives for no benefit after getting a diagnosis. The first is an unsettling U.K. study that looked at more than 2,700 women who were... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential new surgical options for women with multiple ipsilateral breast cancer
(Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) Initial results of a new national clinical trial show that the majority of women with breast cancer who have two to three sites of disease in a single breast at the time of diagnosis are able to successfully complete breast-conserving surgery without conversion to mastectomy. This is the first prospective study to assess this possibility, and its findings improve the surgical choices available to women with multiple ipsilateral breast cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Health Tip: Travel Tips For Women With Breast Prosthesis
-- After a mastectomy, many women prefer to wear a prosthesis, in lieu of reconstructive surgery. The prosthesis often is made of silicone gel or foam, and will be placed inside a bra or directly on a woman's chest. Sometimes. a prosthesis can pose... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the Ptotic Patient Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the Ptotic Patient
The authors describe a staged approach to nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction for patients with ptosis and additional risk factors.Plastic Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open (PRS Global Open) (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

' We've Scared Women': The Growth of Prophylactic Mastectomy'We've Scared Women': The Growth of Prophylactic Mastectomy
Why is it that women with cancer in one breast are increasingly likely to opt for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, when the evidence shows no survival benefit?Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Article Source Type: news

Dr. Gawande tapped to lead Amazon-JPM-Berkshire health play | Personnel Moves – June 21, 2018
The joint healthcare venture between Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase said this week it named Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon, New Yorker magazine staff writer and bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande as its CEO, effective July 9. The joint venture said that the newly formed company will be headquartered in Boston, and will operate as an independent entity free from profit-making incentives and constraints. Dr. Gawande also serves as a professor of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is the founding executive director of health system...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News AirXpanders Amazon Avantis Medical Systems Inc. Berkshire Hathaway Boston Scientific CHF Solutions Inc. Corindus Vascular Robotics Haemonetics Intuitive Surgical IsoRay JP Morgan Chase medicen Medtronic Source Type: news

Greater Satisfaction With Autologous Breast Reconstruction
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- Patients undergoing autologous post-mastectomy breast reconstruction have greater satisfaction than those undergoing implant reconstruction, and the odds of developing complications are significantly higher for autologous... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Breast reconstruction more satisfying than implants after cancer, survey says
Patients who had reconstruction after a mastectomy for breast cancer had more satisfaction and higher quality of life than those with implants, according to a survey. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Happier With Autologous Breast Reconstruction Women Happier With Autologous Breast Reconstruction
Two new studies provide'vital'information to share with women choosing between autologous or prosthetic breast reconstruction after mastectomy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

One in Three Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Have Complications
One in five require more surgery, and in 5 percent of cases, reconstruction fails. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Breasts Implants Breast Cancer Surgery and Surgeons Mastectomy Plastic Surgery Source Type: news

At 24, I’ve had a double mastectomy to beat the cancer curse on family
A WOMAN aged just 24 is one of the youngest in Britain to have a double mastectomy after seeing her mother and eight other relatives battle cancer. Esther Taylor has a gene mutation meaning she is at “high risk” of developing breast and ovarian cancer. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman is one of the youngest in the UK to have a double mastectomy
Esther Taylor,  from Preston, Lancashire, has an unidentified mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. She underwent the grueling nine-hour operation last March. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman, 24, is one of the youngest in the UK to have a double mastectomy
Esther Taylor,  from Preston, Lancashire, has an unidentified mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. She underwent the grueling nine-hour operation last March. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New experimental cancer cure helping some patients when chemotherapy fails
(Natural News) There are plenty of heartbreaking stories about chemotherapy failing, but once in a while, that failure can actually have a happy ending. That’s what happened to 52-year-old Judy Perkins, who found herself a few months from death as breast cancer spread throughout her body. She had a mastectomy and had her lymph nodes... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Women With Breast Cancer May Soon Be Skipping Chemo. Here ’s Why
Phyllis Lacetti found her own breast cancer when she felt an abnormal lump in her right breast in 2007. A nurse at Montefiore Medical Center, she had a lumpectomy to remove it, but an MRI afterward revealed remaining cancer cells, so she opted to get a mastectomy. Her cancer doctor recommended she get chemotherapy to ensure that her cancer wouldn’t recur, since Lacetti’s family history put her at high risk. Her sister and father had died of leukemia, and her brother passed away from thyroid cancer. Chemotherapy, he said, was her best option for preventing the cancer from returning. But Lacetti was reticent abo...
Source: TIME: Health - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news

Campaigning for Evidence: Sara Yaron - a patient's story
Sara Yaronhas been an active consumer ’s advocate since 1982, when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. By profession, she’s a private lawyer in Israel, engaged in medical malpractice lawsuits. After her diagnosis, she became involved with national and international organizations, all regarding health care, patient safety, pa tients rights to get updated medical information based on evidence, and patients rights.She recently was re-appointed to the Cochrane Consumer Network (CCNet) Executive for a further period of three years to 2021. Below is her story on how she got involved as a consumer advocate wit...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Woman's breast cancer cured with her immune cells
A woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer has been cured with a method that used her own immune cells to fight the disease, a technique that researchers say has the potential to help patients with any kind of cancer.   Judy Perkins, 52, had had a mastectomy in 2003, but her breast cancer returned. She had tumors in her chest and on her liver and was given only a few months to live after unsuccessful hormone therapy and chemotherapy failed to stop her cancer’s growth, per NBC News. Scientists… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 5, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Chemicals from sun creams are found in breast tissue
The chemicals, used as filters to protect the skin from the sun ’s ultraviolet (UV) light, were found in 95 per cent of participants in a study undergoing mastectomies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why do many women experience breast cancer recurrence after a mastectomy?
(Natural News) If you find out you have breast cancer, your first instinct might be to get rid of it using whatever means possible. Having a mastectomy isn’t a decision any woman takes lightly, of course, but, for many, the idea of sacrificing your breast to be cancer-free seems like a fair trade to make.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Cost of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy The Cost of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy
In this article, the economic value of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy among women with early-stage unilateral breast cancer is explored.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Melania Trump Hospitalized After Kidney Surgery
Trump’s surgery marked the first time a first lady had a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multigene Test in Breast Ca Often Skipped Until After Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- BRCA mutations still deciding factor in mastectomy decisions (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - May 14, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Impact of mass breast cancer screening has been overrated | Letter
It has not been shown to affect women ’s life expectancy overall, but does increase invasive interventions, saySusan Bewley, Nick RossandMargaret McCartney of HealthWatchThe announcement that thousands missed out on mammography tests caused distress to many women and their families (Report, 4 May). The implication was that they now risked premature death from cancer. In fact, as many experts have been pointing out, mass screening for breast cancer has not been shown to have any impact on women ’s life expectancy overall – but it does increase invasive interventions like mastectomy. This is why Prof Mike B...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Breast cancer Health Society Cancer research Medical research Science Women Life and style UK news Jeremy Hunt Politics Source Type: news

ASBrS: Regular mammo screening = less-invasive treatment
Regular breast cancer screening, particularly in younger women, translates...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASBrS: No, we're not overtreating DCIS ASBrS: 50% of women under 45 at elevated breast cancer risk ASBrS: For node-positive breast cancer, radiotherapy is best ASBrS: Radiotherapy after mastectomy may not be beneficial ASBrS: RF ablation shows promise; thermography not so much (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Less Recurrence After Lumpectomy than Previously Thought (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- New data may help inform choice between lumpectomy and mastectomy (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

4 Trends Advancing Medtech
For the past 20 years, the Medical Design Excellence Awards have celebrated medical products that improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our finalists this year carry on this tradition, while also keeping in step with today’s high-tech digital and consumer trends. With the help of our esteemed jurors, we have identified four key trends in this year’s group of finalists: risk reduction; faster, more-efficient healthcare delivery; the influence of the Internet of Things; and the consumerization of healthcare. We’ve been tracking a few of these trends in past awards programs, so they’re n...
Source: MDDI - April 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: MD & M East (New York) Design Source Type: news

Website Offers Inexpensive Aid to Breast Reconstruction Decisions Website Offers Inexpensive Aid to Breast Reconstruction Decisions
A web-based decision aid may be cost-effective as well as helpful to women making breast-reconstruction choices following mastectomy, according to Australian researchers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Radiation and QoL During the Breast Reconstruction Process Radiation and QoL During the Breast Reconstruction Process
In what ways might post-mastectomy radiotherapy impact patient reported outcomes and quality of life?Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Grad student wins design contest for health App for those considering elective mastectomy
(Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) Employing user-centered design, Grayson achieved dual goals of aiding not only patients but also researchers seeking data about patients' decision making. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Quebec 1st province in Canada to cover full cost of prosthetics for breast cancer patients
Quebec will now cover the cost of breast prosthetics for cancer patients who have undergone complete or partial mastectomies, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said Tuesday morning. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Web-based decision aid may help with breast reconstruction decisions following mastectomy
(Wiley) A new Psycho-Oncology study indicates that a free web-based decision aid that helps women with breast cancer make decisions regarding reconstruction surgery after mastectomy is likely cost-effective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Breast cancer detected in transmen undergoing mastectomy
(Wiley) The number of transmen seeking gender-confirming surgery has risen in the past decade. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy Differ in Women With Implants
Palpable cancers often detected at smaller size in breasts with implants; higher rates of mastectomy (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 4, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gynecology, Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

Professor helps develop model to quantify how surgeries reduce cancer risk
Elisa Long was 33 years old and new to the UCLA Anderson faculty when her research and her life grimly intersected. Specializing in medical decision making under uncertainty, she routinely studied how to weigh difficult decisions, often in the absence of complete information. Newly diagnosed with breast cancer — she would soon learn that she is also a BRCA1 mutation carrier — Long was confronted with a critical dilemma of her own: How long could she delay prophylactic surgery to remove healthy organs and still avoid further cancer and risk to her life?Up to 65 percent of women with BRCA1 gene mutations and 45 p...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 24, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Breast cancer: Women suffering from early stage 'could avoid unnecessary mastectomies'
MANY women who suffer from early stage breast cancer could avoid unnecessary mastectomies because they have a very low risk of the disease developing again within five years of surgery, according to new research. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer breast cancer patients need radical surgery if they are pre-treated with targeted drugs
(ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation) Extensive surgery involving mastectomy and removal of several lymph nodes can be safely avoided for more women with some types of breast cancer, if they receive targeted drugs before surgery, according to research presented at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 22, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Double mastectomy to prevent cancer reduces risk of dying in BRCA1 mutation carriers
(ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation) Healthy women who carry a breast cancer-causing mutation in the BRCA1 gene, not only reduce their risk of developing the disease but also their chances of dying from it if they have both breasts removed, according to new research presented at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference. However, the study also found that for women with a mutation in the BRCA2 gene, there was no difference in their chances of dying from the disease whether they opted for double mastectomy or closer surveillance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

How California can break down barriers to breast cancer treatment
More than 29,000 women in California will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Many of them — especially low-income women, who suffer the worst survival rates — will face economic, emotional and structural obstacles to getting treatment and follow-up care.“Breast cancer is one of the most common diseases, so why is it still so hard for women to get adequate care?” asked Ninez Ponce, associate director of theUCLA Center for Health Policy Research and co-author of atwo-year study of breast cancer barriers in California.  “Women who face the hardship of illness should not also have ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news