Searching for Better Methods to Find Breast Cancer

Health Editor Note: Here is a subject from the Coverage from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 Annual Meeting. We discussed breast screenings for cancer in previous postings and whether we agree on the current methods of finding breast cancer we all want to give women with breast cancer a fighting chance. . Finding quicker, more accurate ways to find breast cancer in its earliest stages is essential for breast health. With cancer, the earlier it is detected and addressed the greater the chance of survival. The information below is an absolute necessity for any woman who fears the onset of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the number one type of cancer in women and second in the cause of cancer death, with lung cancer holding the top slot. Current diagnostics have been less than successful for women who need an accurate diagnosis. We are going to show you how this has changed and tell you exactly what you need to insure your survival. Never see a medical professional without being informed. There are breast centers all over the U.S. who have refined the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancers. These centers have patient friendly protocols, such as telling the woman immediately the results of a mammogram, ultrasound or breast MRI. She no longer has to wait for her doctor to get the results and share them with her. The woman makes her own decisions about whether to have a biopsy at the time a tumor is found by ultrasound. No longer the drive home and the anguish of coming back for that biopsy. Discussed below is a diagnostic procedure that can be ordered , one we believe you need, and if this is not offered to you, you damn well should get a good explanation. Start reading:


Fast MRI Improves Breast Cancer Screening

Ingrid Hein   November 30, 2017

Abbreviated MRI protocols could dramatically improve the diagnosis of breast cancer and lead to the earlier diagnosis of a lot more women, especially those with fast-growing cancers, according to an ongoing study.

“Mammograms detect slow-growing cancers but, notoriously, deliver false negatives for rapid-growing cancers,” said Christiane Kuhl, MD, from University of Aachen in Germany.

“We have good reason to search for other methods,” she pointed out.

Traditionally, MRI has only been used to characterize a cancer, to map known disease. “But we are seeing that it’s by far the most accurate imaging method for diagnosis,” she told Medscape Medical News.

“Breast MRI has the sensitivity profile we want to see in screening methods used today,” Dr Kuhl said.

She and her colleagues are conducting the ongoing large-scale phase 2 EA1141 trial to investigate the utility of abbreviated MRI for screening in 1450 women with dense breast tissue who are at average risk for breast cancer (NCT02933489).

At the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Dr Kuhl discussed the premise for the EA1141 trial.

Mammograms detect slow-growing cancers but, notoriously, deliver false negatives for rapid-growing cancers.

Host-related factors, such as breast tissue density, and tumor-related factors contribute to the failure of mammographic screening to detect biologically relevant breast cancer.

Biologically relevant cancers can exhibit features that render them indistinguishable from normal or benign breast tissue on mammography. “But only a small fraction of women qualify for breast MRI,” she explained.

A typical MRI study takes up to 40 minutes and generates several hundred images. An abbreviated MRI has a 3-minute magnet time and an abridged image interpretation time (about 30 seconds), generates only one precontrast and one postcontrast T1 weighted image set, and uses maximum-intensity projections to fuse the first postcontrast subtracted images into one single high-contrast image.

“The new era is about finding more, earlier, then using targeted therapies to be more efficient,” she said, explaining that her group started publishing studies that showed the advantages of abbreviated MRI in 2014. “Surprisingly, it’s still considered new,” she said.

In an early study, the diagnostic accuracy of abbreviated breast MRI was shown by Dr Kuhl’s team to be equivalent to that of a diagnostic protocol that took 17 minutes (J Clin Oncol. 2014;32:2304-2310). In addition, because women were diagnosed with greater efficiency, the cancer yield increased by 18.2 per 1000 people, as reported by Medscape Medical News.

In a more recent study, the team showed that MRI screening improves the early diagnosis of prognostically relevant breast cancer in women at average risk for breast cancer (Radiology. 2017;283:361-370).

Currently, there are about 16 publications that confirm that abbreviated MRI is the best way to detect breast cancer, Dr Kuhl reported. It is generally agreed, however, that “it’s way too expensive.”

“If it’s just a matter of cost, let’s find other ways,” she said. Maybe with abbreviated MRI “we will change the way we screen for breast cancer in the foreseeable future.”

“It’s been difficult for people to think outside the box,” she said, adding that MRI does not have to be a long process. “Having dedicated magnets optimized for fast patient throughput will be crucial for taking advantage of this approach.”

Benefits of Fast MRI

Fast MRI protocols can also improve the diagnosis of conditions other than breast cancer. Dr Kuhl’s group recently showed that abbreviated biparametric MRI improved the detection of clinically significant prostate cancer in men with elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (Radiology. 2017;285:493-505).

And in a study also presented at the RSNA meeting, a 5-minute MRI protocol was as accurate as standard knee MRI for the evaluation of internal derangement of the knee.

“The two were diagnostically interchangeable, particularly for our patients who have claustrophobia or pain,” said Erin Alaia, MD, assistant professor of radiology at NYU Langone Health in New York City.

For their study, Dr Alaia and her colleagues assessed patients who underwent MRI at two academic centers from January 2015 to July 2016. Of the 146 patients, 100 underwent 3T MRI (100 scans) and 46 underwent 1.5T MRI (50 scans).

Four musculoskeletal radiologists evaluated menisci, ligaments, cartilage, and bone, and compared five fast multiplanar 2D FSE sequences using parallel imaging with 5 standard sequences.

“We compared and saw the same results,” Dr Alaia reported.

“We just need to get the image quality that’s necessary for the diagnosis,” said her colleague Naveen Subhas, MD, associate professor of radiology at the Cleveland Clinic. “That’s going to take some time for a lot of people to get their heads around.”

“From volume-based to value-based imaging, I think this is a paradigm shift that’s going to happen,” Dr Subhas said.

Dr Khul, Dr Alaia, and Dr Subhas have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 Annual Meeting: Abstract SPSH50A, presented November 30, 2017; abstract SSA14-05, presented November 26, 2017.

Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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  1. John Z, Men also get breast cancer. Breast caner affects both sexes. I do not think that the potential to develop prostate cancer is downplayed. Men are encouraged to seek medical attention if they have trouble emptying their bladders, have painful urination, frequent urination, blood in urine or semen, weak or interrupted flow of urine and other symptoms. The difference between prostate and breast issues are that issues with the prostate gland will cause noticeable symptoms while growing cells in the breast will not be noticeable for a long time before they can actually be felt.

  2. Wake up everybody. Cancer (+most other illnesses) is all fabricated by the New World Order “elite”. Solution? Stop eating and drinking and “drugging” what this psyhcopathic “elite” is serving you via their sick supermarket chains around the world. Go vegan. Drink and eat natural whole foods only and cancer will be over with 100%. / Cancer is a fabricated illness. Just like most “deadly” illnesses are. Do your homework people. Scans cause more harm than help. Period. Scan technology are of a satanic world created. We would be far better without all these satanic technologies and satanic chemical maffia pharmaceuticals. Natural foods and natural living is the only way to go. Period. Very simple and obvious. Though the “sheeps” have become totally blinded by the controlling elite bastards. But do as you wish, carry on, all YOU “sleeping sheeps”, the way you are, and much sooner you will all fall in to the bodysacks and other satanic traps they (the psychopathic elite) have well prepared for you. Good luck no matter what. / Scans cause more harm than help. Period. Natural foods and natural living is the only way to go. Period. But ok, carry on, all YOU “sleeping sheeps”, the way you are, and soon you will all fall in to the bodysacks they (the psychopathic elite) have well prepared for you. / Carol Duff… better wake the fk up! PS. Excellent words btw “wjabbe”

  3. You may have recently noticed Talcum Powder lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson lately. Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. has been the prime mover in these lawsuits for decades. Read his many books and articles to learn how to prevent cancer instead of “putting out the fire after it has nearly burned the house down.” Just say NO to cancer causing radiation procedures by medical doctors and dentists unless absolutely necessary. Delay that annual X ray at the dentist and all those cancer causing mammograms ordered by your doctor and learn other ways to accomplish the same goals. Your body has over 100 trillion cells. Every one must be saturated with oxygen at all times. If oxygen is deprived, this leads to cancer but only after decades of time. So you have time to deal with cancer in most circumstances. In about 3 years will mark the 50th anniversary of the failed war on cancer 1971 but your doctor can’t even tell you what cancer is let alone how to cure and prevent it. About $100 billion to $1 trillion has been squandered yet this war is a dismal failure since about one person every minute dies either from cancer or treatment or both, usually treatment but falsely reported as from cancer. Obviously something stinks in Dodge. YOU must be your own doctor on cancer because your doctor may kill you. Read about the genius in Germany Otto H. Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. who discovered the prime cause of cancer decades ago based on experiments and facts, not genetic speculations. Read the book “The Hidden Story of Cancer” by Brian Peskin E.E. and Amid Habib, M.D. Do your homework. Vitamin C kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. Take orders of grams of it every day.

    • Everyone must also remember this: Physics is the Mother Science. All science comes from the science of physics. Mob rule does not apply to physics or any science. And mob means both large numbers and Mafia rule too. Galileo Galilei the world’s greatest physicist was right and the Mob Catholic Church was wrong about the Earth not being the center of our Solar System. The Catholic Church tried to burn Galileo at the stake for holding his correct views. It took them about 350 years to admit they were wrong and he was right after all. This is an example of a really slow learner the prejudiced bigots in the totally corrupt criminal enterprise which is the Catholic Church of the world and which should be boycotted world wide and shut down. Intelligence and the scientific method, invented by Galileo Galilei are what determines who is right and who is wrong in physics and science, not armed force and intimidation. Say a prayer of thanks every day for the genius level physicist Galileo Galilei in Italy who war right after all and is still right to this very day! It doesn’t matter if every person on Earth thinks a person to be wrong if he or she can prove they are right about an issue via the scientific method and logic period end of sentence.

    • Correction: In line -4 above, war should read was. All physicists and engineers take a rigorous set of physics courses and calculus courses for at least two years. Medical doctors are treated to watered down physics classes differing little from high school physics or they wouldn’t have enough doctors. These watered down classes last only about 1 year. This is a shameful disgrace and is part of the reason so many idiots become medical doctors. Do not worship someone just because they have M.D. after their name. In fact they might even be responsible for your early demise. Say a prayer of thanks that M.D.’s and majors in religion are not responsible for designing our cars, homes, buildings, bridges, airplanes, etc. lest we all be quite dead; only engineers who became expert in the laws of physics, logic and mathematics are responsible for these efforts for humanity and society. Some medical doctors even have things in common with their brothers in law: They lie and cheat. Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

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