Saturday, December 16, 2006

New breast cancer scanner approved

A promising new breast scanning technology with none of the radiation dangers associated with mammograms has been approved for sale by Health Canada. Known as SoftScan, the device uses infrared lasers to detect and monitor malignancies, even in dense breast tissue that mammography can fail to penetrate. The new machine will not replace mammograms, which will continue to be the standard tool for pinpointing breast cancers for the foreseeable future, said Dr. Nathalie Duchesne, a professor of radiology at Quebec City's Laval University. "There are no side effects to this technology," said Duchesne, who has worked in clinical trials with SoftScan for nearly a decade and is a paid consultant for Advanced Research Technologies Inc., which makes the machines. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

U.S. breast-cancer guidelines updated

The U.S. national guidelines for treating breast cancer have been updated to reflect new technology, a cancer group said Wednesday. One change is that Eli Lilly's Evista (raloxifene) is now recommended for use in reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women with lobular carcinoma in situ, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network said in a statement Wednesday. The update is based on positive results from the NSABP Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) trial, the group said. The NCCN further advised that, when a breast MRI is indicated, the test should be performed and interpreted by an expert breast-imaging team working in concert with the multidisciplinary treatment team. The revised guidelines also contain advice on incorporating Genentech's Herceptin (trastuzumab) as an adjuvant treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer and recommend that current treatments now used in the adjuvant setting also be considered for the neoadjuvant setting. The NCCN is a non-profit alliance comprised of 20 of the world's leading cancer centers. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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