News | Women's Health | October 11, 2017

National Breast Center Founder Names Top Three Innovations in Breast Cancer Treatment

Washington, D.C., breast surgeon identifies key technologies making an impact in the fight against breast cancer today

National Breast Center Founder Names Top Three Innovations in Breast Cancer Treatment

October 11, 2017 — In 2017, invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in about 252,710 women and 2,470 men in the U.S. and remains the second leading cause of death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. Advances in technology continue to become available to aid in the fight against breast cancer which can improve the chances of beating the disease. David Weintritt, M.D., founder of the National Breast Center and National Breast Center Foundation, recently identified the top three technologies impacting the future of breast cancer treatment to improve outcomes for women diagnosed with the disease.

1. BioZorb, created by Focal Therapeutics, is a three-dimensional implantable device used in women with breast cancer undergoing breast conserving surgery or lumpectomy. It provides a clear target for more precise radiation therapy, which lowers risk of cancer recurrence while often lowering the overall radiation dose as well. This device also allows surgeons to better reshape the breast providing cosmetic advantages as well. BioZorb allows surgeons to improve outcomes by reducing errors in radiation planning while maintaining a healthier, more natural appearance.

2. Mammaprint, made by Agendia, is a genomic test that analyzes the genetic code of breast cancer cells, giving a more accurate measurement of recurrence risk. Traditional methods used to determine the risk of cancer recurrence lead to many women with early-stage breast cancer receiving chemotherapy. The Mammaprint 70-Gene Assay is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared test that provides a personalized, definitive result so the patient can know with certainty if they are at low risk for cancer relapse – and not likely to benefit from chemotherapy. Unlike other tests, users are given definitive Low Risk and High Risk results, eliminating the uncertainty of an intermediate risk score. These results, in addition to all other factors help patients and their doctors make the most appropriate breast cancer treatment decisions.

3. SPY Portable Handheld Imager (SPY-PHI), manufactured by Novadaq and FDA-approved, utilizes SPY Fluorescence Imaging Technology that allows surgeons to visualize blood flow and related tissue perfusion in real time, reducing surgical complications and increasing reconstruction options for patients. This can be used during plastic, microsurgical, reconstructive and gastrointestinal procedures.

“Advances in technology for breast cancer are not always known to patients, so they may feel as though their options are limited,” said Weintritt. “It’s critical that patients are educated about their options so they can be informed, proactive and have the best outcomes possible. What we do know is that Washington, D.C., is leading the nation in both breast cancer incidence rates and breast cancer mortality rates, and currently the majority of women with breast cancer are not hearing about options that are proven useful in treating breast cancer. Its innovations such as these and commitment to using them to create a personalized treatment plan that can truly make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients so it’s critical we spread the word.”

For more information: www.nationalbreastcenter.com

Related Women's Health Content

Research Finds Surgical Marker Helps Cut Cost of Breast Cancer Treatment

Related Content

Lunit Unveiling AI-Based Mammography Solution at RSNA 2018
News | Mammography | November 15, 2018
Medical artificial intelligence (AI) software company Lunit will be returning to the 104th Radiological Society of...
Breast Density Advocate Nancy M. Cappello Passes Away

Nancy Cappello. Image courtesy of AreYouDense.org.

News | Breast Density | November 15, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor
Imaging Technology News extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., who...
Merit Medical Completes Acquisition of Cianna Medical
News | Women's Health | November 14, 2018
Disposable device manufacturer Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced the closing of a definitive merger agreement to...
The MOZART Supra Specimen Tomosynthesis System is the latest generation of 3-D imaging for breast cancer surgery.
News | Breast Imaging | November 08, 2018
KUBTEC announced the launch of a new innovation in the treatment of breast cancer. The Mozart Supra Specimen...
Videos | ASTRO | November 08, 2018
ITN Editor Dave Fornell took a tour of some of the most innovative technologies on display on the expo floor at the 
The Fujifilm FCT Embrace CT System displayed for the first time at ASTRO 2018.
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | November 07, 2018
Fujifilm's first FDA-cleared compu...
This is the Siemens Magnetom Sola RT edition 1.5T MRI system optimized for radiation therapy displayed for the first time since gaining FDA clearance in 2018. It was displayed at the American Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 annual meeting. Read more about this system at ASTRO 2018. #ASTRO18 #ASTRO2018
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | November 07, 2018
This is the Siemens Magnetom Sola RT edition 1.5T MRI system optimized for...
GE Healthcare Discovery RF Gen 2 system displayed at ASTRO 2018. It is a dedicated computed tomography (CT) scanner for radiation oncology
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | November 07, 2018
This is the GE Healthcare Discovery RF Gen 2 system displayed at the ...