AUGUST 2013 

To All Our Colleagues, Friends and Customers,    


Show & Tell, by FORCE Publications We are in a helping profession, and it's in the nature of all of us to provide help.  Every month QSUM tries to give you resources you can use in your role.   


This month we want to highlight two resources, in particular.  


1) A database and search tool, Clinical Trials Navigator, by MDLinx. Use it to locate US Clinical Trials for your patients.  This tool is robust, and very easy to use!


2) A book,  Show & Tell, by FORCE Publications (FORCE stands for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). The book contains powerful and positive post-surgical images and is designed to empower women and take the fear out of mastectomy and reconstruction.  You can buy Show & Tell here. In the Mammography section of this newsletter you'll find a link to TV coverage of the book.  


The rest of this newsletter is filled with loads of information, categorized and arranged for a quick perusal that will lead you to the articles and links that interest you most.  We hope you enjoy it! 






Cynthia Henke & Hudson Jones
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HOT TOPIC: Breast Implants
This series of articles about breast implants was published by Medscape Today News.  You've probably already set up a Medscape password account, but if not, it only takes a minute, and it's free. Just follow the easy prompts when accessing one of the articles below.  Medscape consistently provides high-quality content.

Do Breast Implants Affect Breast Cancer Survival? Breast implants are not associated with an increased risk for breast cancer occurrence. (Medscape password required.)

Breast Implants: The View From the FDA. Although the FDA believes that approved breast implants have a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness when used as labeled, the agency emphasizes that breast implants are not lifetime devices and that women should be provided with essential information about the unique features of each device. (Medscape password required.)

How to Discuss Cancer Detection With Breast Augmentation Patients. . . . a systematic review and meta-analysis,  concluded that cosmetic breast augmentation affects the survival of women who are subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer. (Medscape password required.)

A Surgical Oncologist's Take on Breast Implants. "This is a very interesting study and definitely important for women considering cosmetic implants." (Medscape password required.)

FDA Approves New Silicone Breast Implant. The FDA said it approved the MemoryShape breast implant, manufactured by Mentor Worldwide LLC, on the basis of 6 years of data from 955 women, which provide "reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for this implant." (Medscape password required.)

SenoBright Contrast Enhanced Mammography - Includes demonstration video.

Sono-View Acoustic Sensing Technologies - A list and descriptions of tomography projects.

Laser optoacoustic imaging system for detection of breast cancer. which fuses optical and acoustic imaging techniques in one modality by utilizing pulsed optical illumination and ultrawide-band ultrasonic detection of resulting optoacoustic (OA) signals.

New surgical knife can instantly detect cancer. An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they've removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday.
Shower Shirt

Breast cancer survivor designs shirts to help patients shower.  Lisa Crites created the Shower Shirt, a water resistant garment that is now patented.

 Center to begin patient trials of breast cancer treatment. If a new treatment currently being tested at the University's Comprehensive Cancer Center proves effective, breast cancer patients' chances of relapsing could be greatly decreased.

 Technology takes on breast cancer. An ANU student has developed a smartphone app for the early detection of breast cancer.

Automated Ultrasound Screening for Women with Dense Breasts. The company's Breast Mapper uses proven and available hardware, combined with proprietary software analyses to perform low-cost, high throughput breast cancer screening.

"Show and Tell" Images of Breast Cancer Survivors.  Breast cancer patients have told us in the past, they didn't know where they could look to find answers about changes following surgery. One place is in the book Show and Tell.  

Breast Cancer Screening.  Randomized clinical trials with mortality as an endpoint have confirmed that women undergoing screening mammography have significantly lower breast cancer mortality rates compared with women who do not.


Specific Fish Oils May Protect Against Breast Cancer. The consumption of higher levels of dietary marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is associated with a 14% lower risk for breast cancer than lower levels of consumption. (Medscape password required)

Students' Device Aims to Avert Repeated Breast Cancer Surgeries. Johns Hopkins graduate students have designed a device to allow pathologists to quickly inspect excised breast tissue within 20 minutes, while the patient is still in the operating room.

Molecule considered to be a breast cancer indicator also has a protective function.

Breast Cancer Gene Testing: Most Moms Tell Kids Results. Most mothers who undergo genetic testing for breast cancer discuss the results with their children, a new study finds.

Part II of breast cancer series: Three women share their stories. If new diagnoses of invasive breast cancer were spread out over every hour of this year, it would mean every 3 minutes a U.S. woman or man would be given that news.

Breast Cancer: Is There a Risk Reduction Diet? Eating just one to two portions a week of salmon, sardines, mackerel, or other fish rich in marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids is associated with a 14% reduced risk of breast cancer in later life. 

Not-so topless skydiving raises funds for breast cancer group. A very Vegas take on Independence Day.

Night Work Again Tied to Breast Cancer Risk. Breast cancer risk was 2.21-fold higher with 30-plus years of night-shift work versus none in a general population sample.

Not All Breast Cancer Has a Lump. Inflammatory breast cancer is different from other breast cancers. 

10 Healthy Tips For Breast Cancer Treatment. A balanced approach involving body, mind and spirit.

Cancer survivor's strength inspires friends & others. From day one when she put on Facebook, 'I have breast cancer, but I'm fine.' And she meant it."

New Results for ESAs in Early Breast Cancer Reignite Debate. (Medscape password required.)

Hospitals have higher mammo recall rates than community sites. Recall rate is a common measure of performance in screening mammography. If recall rates are too low, it could mean that a site has lower sensitivity and is experiencing false negatives, whereas recall rates that are too high suggest more false positives.

The Gene that May Stop the Spread of Breast Cancer is Identified. The State University of New Jersey, shows that metastasis in breast cancer and the risk of death are reduced when the function of the gene HGMA2, is limited.

New Hope for Hormone Resistant Breast Cancer. Scientists have shown that a specific change, which occurs when tumours become resistant to anti-estrogen therapy, might make the cancers susceptible to treatment with chemotherapy drugs.

BRCA Testing Price Wars Underway; Senator Wants NIH Action. A US senator wrote a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that essentially sought to make sure that competition in BRCA testing flourishes and that the price of testing drops. (Medscape password required.)

Preparing MRI systems for natural disasters is a year-round duty. At the end of the day, you need power, chilled water, and heating, whether it is 110∞ outside or 10∞ below, whether it is a calm day or you are in hurricane season."

Cuts on top of cuts: 2014 Medicare rates slash CT, MR payments. Proposed 2014 Medicare payment rates for hospitals is a change that would slash reimbursement for the technical component of CT and MRI scans by as much as 38% and 19%, respectively.

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Exercises can help sonographers scan without pain.  I didn't have to spend hours in the gym or hundreds of dollars a year on gym memberships or home workout stations. I saw the majority of my improvement using just resistance rubber bands. A 20-minute workout, three times per week, gave me the joy of pain-free scanning.


Cancer Survivors in Your Care: The ASCO Blueprint. Over the next 10 years, by 2022, the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase to nearly 18 million. (Medscape password required.)


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Radiation from Airport Scanners: The Dose We Actually Get Is Low. A new report has found that people absorb less radiation from airport X-ray backscatter scanner than they do while standing in line waiting for the scan itself.

Can Genetics Predict Chemotherapy-Related Fatigue? This hypothesis has certainly been raised before -- that inflammation is related to fatigue[2] -- but the association with a genetic profile was a very important observation. (Medscape password required.)

Biomarker Predicts Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence After Tamoxifen Treatment. A biomarker reflecting expression levels of two genes in tumor tissue may be able to predict which women treated for estrogen-receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer should receive a second estrogen-blocking medication after completing tamoxifen treatment.

Young Women And Breast Cancer. Why more women in their 20s face this life-changing diagnosis.

Women Who Give Birth to Multiple Babies After IVF Are at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer. Women who give birth to multiple babies following IVF treatment are at a higher risk of breast cancer than those giving birth to singletons or who remain childless.

Why Hormones Matter. Hormones are chemical messengers which travel through our blood and enter cells, tissues and organs where they turn on switches to the genetic machinery that regulate everything from reproduction to emotions, overall health and well being.

Top Reason Patients Sue Doctors. The most common reason patients give for suing their doctors is a delay or failure to diagnose a disease, such as cancer.

Should Radiologists be the Gatekeepers of Medical Imaging?  In the face of tighter guidelines and ultimately less leeway for physicians to order potentially superfluous tests, he calls on radiologists to be the ones who step forward and manage imaging utilization. But first, they need the power to do so.

Should Radiologists Get Paid for Reading Prior Studies?  I spend almost the same amount of time re-reading the case to be able to make a comparison to the prior study. This situation is particularly common in breast imaging. 


20 years surviving - On July 15, 1993 I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Breast Cancer.

Tips For Oral Health While Undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation. It is important to be aware of some of the side effects to the mouth, gums, and teeth that can result from cancer treatment.

4 Things Every Patient is Looking For. suggested the following four areas to address in their healthcare marketing strategies.


Image IQ: 81-year-old Screening Mammo Recalled Due to Mass - Review the images and choose the best course of action.


All the products pictured in QSUM Quips can be purchased online. Just click a photo to access the product page where you can place an order, or go to our website to shop around. 

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Pamela, a Breast Cancer Survivor, performing on the X Factor (Australia's "You've Got Talent"), was 16 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Faced with terminating her pregnancy to give her a better chance of survival or continuing the pregnancy in the face of chemotherapy (and possibly accelerating the growth of the cancer) Pamela chose to have chemo and continue her pregnancy. Against all odds both she and her baby survived. And now she's pursuing her dream by singing on Australia's X-Factor!

Pamela Cook - The X Factor Australia 2011 Audition
Pamela Cook - The X Factor Australia 2011 Audition

Recipe of the Month:  Tomatillo Soup with Avocado and Lime 

My garden is producing like crazy, so I've been looking for recipes with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and TOMATILLOS.  This recipe calls for canned diced tomatoes, but I'm planning to use my garden-fresh heirlooms.





 Recipe:  Tomatillo Soup with Avocado and Lime 


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