Breast Cancer

AACR 2015

AACR 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at AACR 2015, the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting, from April 18 to 22 in Philadelphia. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.…

CME: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

CME: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer | Conference Coverage

Updated recommendations have been issued for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early-stage breast cancer. The update will enable some women with early-stage disease to avoid more invasive procedures and their associated higher risk of complications.

Assessing the Surgical Care of Breast Cancer

Assessing the Surgical Care of Breast Cancer | Feature

Use of bilateral mastectomy has increased significantly over the past decade despite not being associated with lower mortality when compared with other surgical options. Recent study findings may help inform decision making about surgical treatment for breast cancer.

Cancer Care as a Business Decision

Cancer Care as a Business Decision | Medical Blog

Once again, this was a business decision dressed up to look like innovative care and backed up by BigHealth’s dominant market share.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer | Feature

Updated recommendations have been issued for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with early-stage breast cancer. The update will enable some women with early-stage disease to avoid more invasive procedures and their associated higher risk of complications.

A Conservative Approach to Lymph Node Removal

A Conservative Approach to Lymph Node Removal | Opinion Article

Until recently, guidelines recommended complete axillary node dissection in women with breast cancer for whom their sentinel node biopsy was positive. However, patients who undergo this procedure routinely experience complications. The introduction of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the 1990s included the benefit of avoiding complete axillary node dissection if two or three sentinel nodes tested negative for cancer, thus reducing morbidity.…

Guiding Follow-Up Care in Breast Cancer

Guiding Follow-Up Care in Breast Cancer | Feature

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has reissued its recommendations for managing and following up patients with breast cancer who have completed primary therapy. Open dialogue and coordinated care planning are paramount to optimizing outcomes.

Reducing  Poor Surgical  Oncology Practices

Reducing Poor Surgical Oncology Practices | Feature

Many of the tests and procedures commonly performed in surgical oncology are not always necessary. Experts have released new recommendations to support conversations between physicians and patients on care that is truly necessary.

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer | Opinion Article

Despite recent improvements in imaging technology, pathology assessments, and the use of systemic therapy, there is still controversy regarding the optimal margin width in breast-conserving surgery. About 25% of patients with invasive breast cancer return to the operating room after undergoing lumpectomy to obtain more widely clear margins.…

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer?

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer? | Guest Blog

Breast cancer is not funny. The media squeezing sensationalism out of research is misleading and trivializes a serious problem.