3D Mammography Improves Cancer Detection in Women with Dense Breasts

mammogramWomen who have dense breast tissue not only have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, but their dense tissue is also more likely to mask the presence of cancer on a typical screening mammogram. Today, the journal Radiology published a study conducted by researchers at SCCA and the University of Washington that found that adding tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammography) to routine biennial digital mammography could improve health outcomes at a reasonable cost relative to digital mammography alone. For this study, the team used data and metrics from the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium to compare the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of biennial screening with both digital mammography and 3D mammography versus digital mammography alone. Learn more about the study here.

SCCA is also conducting a clinical study for women with dense breast tissue that looks at 3D mammography and automated breast ultrasound compared with standard digital mammography. If you have dense breast tissue and would like more information about taking part in this study, including eligibility requirements, see the Screening Tomosynthesis and Automated Breast Ultrasound Research (STAR) study on our website or call SCCA at (206) 288-6321.

 Abnormal mammogram image courtesy of the NCI; Mitchell D. Schnall, M.d., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.

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    Shave the Date for Movember!

    Dr. Jonathan WrightMovember is a worldwide movement aimed at raising awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health. The idea is for guys to shave their face on November 1 (or Movember 1) and grow a moustache for the month. Individually and collectively, all those moustaches (or mo’s as they’re called) become talking points for men’s health and a way to raise awareness and funds to support men’s health initiatives and research.

    Dr. Bruce MontgomeryTo help mobilize support for Movember, the doctors here at SCCA and UW Urologic Oncology, led by Dr. Jonathan Wright, invite you to join their team and become a MoDAWG.

    Here’s how to get started:

    1. Dr. Elahe MostaghelRegister to become a MoDAWG as a Mo Bro or Mo Sista.
    2. Recruit others.
    3. If you’re a Mo Bro, grow your mustache starting on November 1, or shave what you’ve got and start growing it again. View the rules and style tips here.
    4. Start talking up men’s health and ask the men around you if they have had their annual health check up and, if they’re over 40, a PSA test.

    Watch this space for mo-developments as we move through Movember. Finally, see the video below for how we finished up Movember last year.

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      Fridays with Dr. Gralow

      Editor’s Note: Dr. Julie Gralow is the director of Breast Medical Oncology at SCCA. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve asked Dr. Gralow to answer readers’ questions about breast cancer every Friday during October. If you have a question that you would like to ask Dr. Gralow, please let us know.

      This week Dr. Gralow is in Chicago attending the SWOG Fall 2014 Group Meeting. SWOG is a cancer research cooperative group that designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials. So it’s appropriate that she takes on this week’s question: “What are the latest developments in breast cancer research?” In this video, Dr. Gralow talks about four promising areas of research: CDK 4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors, androgen receptors, and immunotherapy.

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        SCCA Providing Mammograms at Remote Area Medical Event

        RAM LogoStarting today, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 26, SCCA will be providing free mammograms with same-day results at the Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical at Seattle Center. SCCA’s MammoVan will be providing cancer-screening services alongside more than 50 health, human service, and civic organizations as part of the four-day, volunteer-driven clinic.

        Humanitarian organization Remote Area Medical organized the clinic, which will provide a full range of free dental, vision, and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in our region. The event is open to the public, and no advanced registration is needed. Admission numbers will be distributed starting at 3:30 a.m. each day at Seattle Center’s Key Arena.

        For more information about the clinic, call (206) 684-7200, email skcclinic@seattle.gov, or visit the event website.

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          SCCA Cancer News Watch

          Here’s a quick summary of notable recent health and cancer news:

          T-Cell Therapy Puts Leukemia Patients in Extended Remission
          Last week the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study that showed positive results for patients with advanced lymphoblastic leukemia who were treated using their own T-cells, which had been extracted, genetically modified and then infused back to the patients. Several news outlets reported on the study, including The New York Times and The Verge. The study, which was conducted at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is similar to work that’s being done here at SCCA. Earlier this year Patient Power’s Andrew Schorr interviewed Dr. David Maloney about his CAR T-cell study.

          Breast Cancer Awareness Month
          October’s  annual focus on breast cancer has resulted in several nice stories involving SCCA physicians and their patients, including a pair of interviews on King5′s New Day Northwest. The first was with Dr. V.K. Gadi and Ali Spain, who was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer a year ago and who recently completed a clinical trial at SCCA under Dr. Gadi’s direction. The second was with Dr. Julie Gralow and Ashley Walker. You can read more about Ashley Walker here. She also documented her cancer journey in this YouTube video.

          In Other Health and Cancer News
          How fit are you? The Well reports on a new and improved online fitness calculator developed by The K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The Huffington Post looks at what happens to a 10-year-old who donated her hair to cancer patients, the reaction she got from her schoolmates, and then the Internet. And FoxSports reports on a six-year-old cancer patient who will be attending tonight’s World Series game.


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