A more accurate mammogram — now available at Aurora Cancer Center
3-D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis. It’s different from traditional mammography In that traditional mammography obtains just a single image.
These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. It makes it easier to detect breast cancer. This is especially important for women with dense breast tissue.
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Henda’s Law : Now in Action
Effective January 1, 2012, all mammography facilities in Texas are required by Henda’s Law to post the above statement for patient education. For more information contact Jui-Lien Chou MD or Paromita Datta MD.
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Henda’s Law : One Lakewood woman had never heard of dense breast tissue until doctors told her she had it—and cancer. Now she’s making sure no woman suffers a similar fate.
As the bill worked its way through the House and Senate, its name, Henda’s Law, became known. People recognized Salmeron in the cafeteria and hallways. She talked to aides, directors, parking attendants. It didn’t matter. If she actually grabbed the ear of a representative or senator, it was a coup. From its March 3, 2011, filing date through the end of the 82nd Texas Legislature in June, the bill was formally discussed, motioned, passed, or debated 60 times. The number of informal debates in the cafeteria is unknown.
The House passed the bill 136 to 5, with two absences. The Senate vote was unanimous. In October 2009, Henda Salmeron had her last radiation treatment for breast cancer. By June 2011, she had a law named after her.
Veto Angers Supporters of Breast Density Notification Bill
In his veto statement, Brown said the risks for heightened patient anxiety from the mandated disclosures and prescriptive tone about possible need for more screening tests outweighed the potential benefits of disclosing more information to patients about their breast health.
The Association of Northern California Oncologists, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (District IX), California Radiological Society, and Medical Oncology Association of Southern California joined the California Medical Association in opposing the bill. In a prepared statement, the California Medical Association said the legislation was vague and would impose additional costs on the patient from procedures not covered by healthcare insurance.
California Looks to Pass Breast Density Bill
The California State Legislature looks to pass a bill requiring doctors to inform women if they have dense breasts after a mammogram, making California the second state this summer and the third state so far to have passed a so-called breast density law. Because your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide small abnormalities, you might benefit from supplementary screening tests, depending on your individual risk factors.
Zometa Shows Positive Signs for Patients in Early-Stages of Breast Cancer
Longer-term follow-of of the ABCSG-12 study continues to suggest that the bisphosphonate drug Zometa® (zoledronic acid) may improve outcomes among women with early-stage, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. These results were presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Patients with History of Breast Cancer Are More Likely to Benefit From MRI
Patients with a personal history of breast cancer have twice as many cancers detected by MRI as those patients that are at high risk of but have never had breast cancer before.
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