Breast Cancer

Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) is Available

Tomosynthesis is available at Billings Clinic West We are excited to be able to offer you the latest technology in breast imaging at your screening mammogram. This technology is referred to as Tomosynthesis, or 3D Mammography which is superior to 2D mammography because:
  • it detects 41% more invasive breast cancers.  This means one simple thing: early detection.
  • it allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers and precancerous cells significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography.
  • studies show a 15-30% reduction in additional imaging following screening exams.
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Therapeutic Vaccine Shows Promise Against a Range of Cancers

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 -- A personalized vaccine held an aggressive group of cancers in check among more than half of patients who received it in a small, preliminary trial, researchers report.

HER2-positive cancers are cancers that have too much of the HER2 protein on their surface. In that setting, a cancer can grow rapidly and be more likely to spread to other areas of the body. Areas known to have HER2-positive cancers include the breasts, bladder, pancreas, ovaries and stomach.

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Breast Cancer Treatment Adherence Rates Vary by Race

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 -- Black women are more likely than white women to skip important hormonal breast cancer treatments, new research indicates.

Endocrine therapy is used to add, block or get rid of naturally occurring hormones like estrogen and progesterone that trigger certain types of breast cancer, the study authors explained. Previous studies have shown that 10 years of endocrine therapy reduces the odds for disease recurrence.

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