Radiation Therapy

Should I Be Concerned About the Long-Term Effects of My Annual Mammogram?

Should I Be Concerned About the Long-Term Effects of My Annual Mammogram?

Can the radiation in my annual mammogram harm me? It’s a common question, says Dr. László Tabár, M.D., F.A.C.R. (Hon), but something that you shouldn’t be concerned with. For some women, the fear of the long-term effects of radiation after their annual mammogram leads to avoiding regular screening and mammography efforts. According […]

Do Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment Mean That Early Detection Isn’t As Important?

Do Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment Mean That Early Detection Isn’t As Important?

With recent advances in breast cancer treatment, is early detection still important? The answer: Yes! Dr. László Tabár, M.D., F.A.C.R. (Hon), an expert in screening and mammography, says that while treatments are advancing, early detection is still a key tool in the breast cancer toolbox. By finding the cancer early, […]

What are the Treatment Options for Patients Diagnosed with DCIS?

What are the Treatment Options for Patients Diagnosed with DCIS?

I’ve recently been diagnosed with DCIS; what are my treatment options? Once you’ve been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, your doctor will discuss potential treatment options with you. Often, these include lumpectomy or conservative breast surgery, says Dr. Rick Baehner, Director of Pathology at Genomic Health. Following […]

A Recent Experience with the DCIS Score

A Recent Experience with the DCIS Score

Can you tell me about a recent patient experience with the DCIS score? The DCIS score can help patients and physicians work together to determine whether or not chemotherapy will be beneficial, based on a personal assay taken at the time of surgery. That tumor assay is then analyzed, and […]

Who Do I Ask for the DCIS Test?

Who Do I Ask for the DCIS Test?

I’m newly diagnosed with DCIS. Who do I ask for the DCIS test? You’ve just been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and feel that you may be eligible for the DCIS test. The DCIS test can help determine the likelihood of recurrence, which can help you and your […]

The DCIS Test: Who is Eligible?

The DCIS Test: Who is Eligible?

Am I eligible for the DCIS test? The DCIS test, or Oncotype DX test, is a genetic  test that is administered after breast cancer surgery, such as lumpectomy. The test examines a patient’s breast cancer tumor tissue at a molecular level, and gives information about the individual breast cancer diagnosis. […]