Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 16, 2006
Genesearch Breast Lymph Node assay detects breast cancer metastases with greater sensitivity
Results from a prospective clinical study show that the GeneSearchâ„¢ Breast Lymph Node (BLN) Assay, a gene-based diagnostic test has greater sensitivity than traditional intra-operative methods of detecting the spread of breast cancer to the lymph nodes.

Use of mammograms in men is rising, but Mayo Clinic researchers find little reason to administer
Many men have breast symptoms, including enlarged or painful breast tissue, but the majority do not need a mammogram, say researchers from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Advances in breast imaging
A diagnostic device that resembles a mammography unit can detect breast tumors as tiny as one-fifth of an inch in diameter, which may make it a valuable complementary imaging technique to mammography, say researchers at Mayo Clinic, who helped develop the technology along with industry collaborators Gamma Medica and GE Healthcare.

Reduced dietary fat intake may decrease breast cancer recurrence
Reducing dietary fat intake may decrease the chance of a breast cancer recurrence in women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer, according to a randomized, phase III trial in the December 20 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

1 in 5 early-stage breast cancer patients may not follow hormonal therapy plan
Postmenopausal women with early-stage, hormone-sensitive breast cancer have a lower risk of disease recurrence when their treatment includes a new class of hormone therapy drugs, yet one out five women prescribed the drugs may not take them regularly.
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