Cancer delays: Counting COVID-19's hidden costs
November 9, 2020 -- A patient whose cancer treatment is delayed by even one month can face a mortality risk of up to 13% higher, a Canadian and U.K. study has found. The investigation, published online by the BMJ, was triggered by concerns about delays to cancer diagnosis and therapy during the pandemic. Read More
What effect does fatigue have on reading breast scans?
October 26, 2020 -- U.K. researchers have found that increased blinking -- often a key indicator of visual fatigue -- occurs after examining 20 digital breast tomosynthesis cases. Taking a break after 20 reports may help to eliminate mistakes, they suggest. Read More
New research highlights progress in residual breast cancer
October 20, 2020 -- Image-guided biopsy of the tumor bed or residual abnormalities found on imaging after neoadjuvant chemotherapy is gaining popularity as a predictive tool for assessing residual cancer. The technique can help to identify exceptional treatment responders for de-escalation of local therapy, an international study has found. Read More
Women express caution about trusting breast AI
October 19, 2020 -- A research group from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands surveyed more than 900 Dutch women in April 2020 to gauge their attitudes on using artificial intelligence (AI) for interpretation of screening mammograms. Over 75% of women didn't approve of standalone use of AI without a radiologist. Read More
Spanish team shines light on future breast cancer risk
October 16, 2020 -- Women with benign breast disease found after their first mammogram or with breast tissue with a proliferative presentation have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than their peers, researchers from Barcelona, Spain, have reported. Read More
Breast CT can predict cardiovascular disease risk
October 14, 2020 -- A research group led by Prof. Helena Verkooijen from UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands, has used CT scans of coronary artery calcium to predict which patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. They reported their findings at the recent European Breast Cancer Conference. Read More
3 ways COVID-19 is transforming breast cancer care
October 5, 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative effect on breast cancer care, according to a panel held on 3 October at the 2020 European Breast Cancer Conference. Speakers presented evidence that the pandemic is leading to less breast screening and fewer quality-of-life-enhancing procedures. Read More
Breast study sheds light on detection of high-risk cancers
October 5, 2020 -- Breast cancers that are detected in the interval between national screening program mammograms have a worse prognosis than those detected at the time of a screening, even if they have the same biology, researchers from the Netherlands reported at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference on 3 October. Read More
Sardanelli's group gives verdict on breast screening
October 2, 2020 -- The influential Milan-based research group headed by Prof. Francesco Sardanelli has provided new analysis that screening mammography will be vital to preventing breast cancer deaths, even in the age of precision medicine. The team published its work on 25 September in Insights into Imaging. Read More