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Topic: New diagnostic technology

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2007 02:07AM

Peaches70 wrote:

Have you all heard about Breast Specific Gamma Imaging? I just read about this. It is supposed to provide higher sensitivity for detection of DCIS than mammo or MRI. It found lessions as small as 2 mm. It uses a radioactive tracing agent that makes the cancerous cells show up as hot spots on the image. According to the articles, it is "ideal" for those of us with dense breasts and hard to see trouble spots.

Dx 1/25/2007, LCIS, Stage 0
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Aug 14, 2007 06:45AM Indigoblue wrote:

Thanks Peaches70 for the info. Where did you read about this? I am a trip neg dense breast High Risk; surgeon and onc always in denial about many of the new information and articles I haul into their offices. Usually it's old news
according to them, or there is some excuse as to why it doesn't apply to me.

Personally, I think it's the insurance companies and they don't like to pay for expensive testing. I bet this is a pricey one!lol

Have a great day!
Indi
Dx 11/30/2005, IDC, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 14, 2007 07:28AM leaf wrote:

It sounds like its still experimental, or at least only available at major institutions. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez...Pubmed_RVDocSum http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez..._RVAbstractPlus http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez..._RVAbstractPlus http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez...Pubmed_RVDocSum
To me, it sounds like at least sometimes they use a radioactively labeled tracer, which may or may not be of concern to some people. I think technicium labeling is used in some other imaging, but I do not know.

Thanks again, Peaches 70. Best of luck on your exams. I'm thinking of you.
Classic LCIS.If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them- Isaac Asimov Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, ER+/PR- Surgery 1/24/2006 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2006 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 15, 2007 06:14AM Peaches70 wrote:

www.medicalnewstoday.com/sections/breast_cancer/ is the link I use to check news.
Dx 1/25/2007, LCIS, Stage 0
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Aug 15, 2007 11:30AM leaf wrote:

Thanks for the link, Peaches70. I'm bookmarking it.

Classic LCIS.If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them- Isaac Asimov Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, ER+/PR- Surgery 1/24/2006 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2006 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 19, 2007 11:44AM awb wrote:

Has anyone heard of the Cone Beam Breast CT scanner? (CBBCT) They have shown it a few times recently on the discovery health channel. It takes a 3-dimensional view of the breast with no compression involved (lying on stomach with breasts in "cones", kinda like breast MRI). Apparently developed at the University of Rochester (NY). I called and e--mailed them many months ago to see if I would qualify for the study and never got a response. (I'm high risk due to the combination of LCIS and family history). I may try them again and see if someone answers, but I'm wondering in anyone here knows if it's offered anywhere else?? It sounded like it may be available to the general public someday soon. (but it will be interesting what the cost may be and who will qualify).

"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future" Dx 9/5/2003, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes Surgery 9/16/2003 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 10/30/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/5/2005 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2009 Evista (raloxifene)
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Aug 19, 2007 01:41PM Indigoblue wrote:

Cone Beam Breast CT scanner, never heard of it. Will look for info and ask onc about it; thenk awb!

Leaf, thanks for the sites, very good info. Filed and copied to take to the surgeon and oncologist. Seems like it would be nice to have a test precisely pinpointing the tumor, since mine was missed; dense breasts, and meanwhile, the other follow-up tests are not reliable, often with false positives or no detection until a mets has occurred.

((hugs to all))

Indi
Dx 11/30/2005, IDC, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 20, 2007 05:33AM leaf wrote:

It looks like some places that have published papers on it (or on its setup-I'm not saying they are ready for patients)
Univ Ca Davis (this probably originated with small animals since they have a prominent vet school) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez...Pubmed_RVDocSum

U Mass http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez...Pubmed_RVDocSum

U Iowa http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez...Pubmed_RVDocSum

Rush Univ in Ill. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez...Pubmed_RVDocSum

(not a complete listing)
Classic LCIS.If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them- Isaac Asimov Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, ER+/PR- Surgery 1/24/2006 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2006 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 20, 2007 02:03PM awb wrote:

Leaf--thanks for the websites. (I'm actually closer to the one at UMass than Rochester, but since it was developed at Rochester, I would probably try to go there if I could get into a study.)

"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future" Dx 9/5/2003, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes Surgery 9/16/2003 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 10/30/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/5/2005 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2009 Evista (raloxifene)
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Aug 21, 2007 04:11AM Tamyadutt wrote:

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Aug 21, 2007 05:43AM leaf wrote:

Welcome, Tammyadutt. I can't imagine what I would do without this site.
Wishing you breast, and all other, health.
Classic LCIS.If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them- Isaac Asimov Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, ER+/PR- Surgery 1/24/2006 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2006 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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