HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Breast cancer follow-ups 'no longer guess-work' thanks to new physics research

As the number of breast cancer patients rises, and hospitals struggle to meet the growing cost of healthcare provision, new research by physicists could help divert funds into frontline treatment such as chemotherapy drugs and better imaging technology.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in England and Wales and one in nine women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Research published today (Monday 1st March 2004) in the Institute of Physics journal Physics in Medicine & Biology reveals a new technique that will help doctors to judge more accurately how long they should continue to see patients following successful treatment of breast cancer. Doctors currently see patients for follow-up examinations for up to ten years in order to check for recurrence of the tumour. Until now, this length time (the "follow-up period") has been guess-work by doctors, and is generally much longer than necessary.

Dr. Richard Mould, the lead author of the paper, said: "Doctors tend to follow-up cancer patients for much longer than is really necessary, using hospital resources that could be better spent on frontline treatment such as chemotherapy drugs and better imaging technology in hospitals."

He continued: "This is the first time scientists have produced a formal way of calculating a precise length of follow-up needed, and it can be specific to a particular hospital or region. Our study suggests that follow up times can be reduced from ten years to four years without significantly reducing our ability to detect local tumour reccurrance. This means that six years worth of a physician's time and outpatient clinic costs could instead be diverted to parts of the treatment process where it would do more good."

Using data taken from a series of patients with T1 and T2 stage (primary tumours up to 5cm in greatest dimension) breast cancer from the Institut Curie in Paris, Dr. Mould developed a model which involves calcu
'"/>

Contact: David Reid
david.reid@iop.org
44-207-470-4815
Institute of Physics
1-Mar-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Breast cancer patients failed by treatment with taxol and taxotere respond to abraxane
2. Breastfeeding decreases infant mortality
3. Breast cancer study suggests role for tissue in carcinogenesis
4. Breast self examination increases womens concerns but has no effect on mortality
5. Final media advisory for the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-4)
6. The 4th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC4)
7. Breast cancer susceptibility genes play role in DNA repair
8. Breast cancer can be reversed in laboratory mice, scientists report
9. NIH funds Breast Cancer and the Environmental Research Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center
10. Breast fluid a better option for detecting cancer
11. Breastfeeding may compensate for harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/19/2016)... The new GEZE SecuLogic access ... "all-in-one" system solution for all door components. It can ... door interface with integration authorization management system, and thus ... minimal dimensions of the access control and the optimum ... offer considerable freedom of design with regard to the ...
(Date:4/14/2016)... 2016 BioCatch ™, the ... announced the appointment of Eyal Goldwerger as ... Goldwerger,s leadership appointment comes at a time of ... deployment of its platform at several of the world,s ... discerns unique cognitive and physiological factors, is a winner ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... 2016  Genomics firm Nabsys has completed a financial ... Bready , M.D., who returned to the company in ... leadership team, including Chief Technology Officer, John Oliver ... Nurnberg and Vice President of Software and Informatics, ... Dr. Bready served as CEO of Nabsys from ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... unique bioresearch materials from laboratories across the globe, today announced the availability of ... the pace of research toward treatment and prevention measures for the Zika virus, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016  Dr. Thomas P. McHugh ... The Woodlands, Texas , now offers ... of treated fat cells in just 25-minutes, leaving a ... 90 percent of Americans report feeling bothered by excess ... reduction procedures are a growing industry. This innovative new ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Q BioMed Inc. (QBIO), a ... Research Inc. will be attending the Association for Research ... May 1-5, 2016 in Seattle Washington ... vendors and research partners. The meeting provides organizations the ... collaborative opportunities for the MAN-01 program for treatment of ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... the pre-launch success of their revolutionary, veterinarian-designed product for indoor cats. The NoBowl ... and play with their food the way nature intended. NoBowls make cats happy ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: