We are delighted to welcome Angelica to our staff. She joined our team last October . Angelica is our new radiology technologist who is performing automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) and mammography. She has 25 years of experience in the Valley and aside from being an accomplished technologist takes great care of you all as patients and certainly brightens up our day. Breast imaging is a passion for Angelica and it shows!
Amy has also joined us in January of this year. Amy hails from New York. You may have met her already on the phone and in our reception area. In addition, she is helping me in countless ways behind the scenes and I feel very fortunate to have access to her business expertise.
We are performing more breast screening ultrasounds in women with dense breasts this year as word gets to women in the Valley about the ability of screening breast ultrasound to detect small invasive breast cancers not detected on 2D or 3D mammography. This is particularly important in younger women who tend to have denser breast tissue and develop more aggressive breast cancers. Finding their tumors when they are small and early significantly improves their chances of survival.
We have performed 18 cryotherapies for small breast cancers since April 2016 . These were performed in our ultrasound room with local anesthesia. To date all these ladies are cancer free! The initial patients have now been disease free for over 2 years. These ladies did not require radiation or chemotherapy and walked out of my office somewhat ecstatic to have been a candidate for this procedure! They are all extolling the benefits of this procedure over surgery to their friends and family which is very exciting.
I am honored to be the principal investigator in Arizona for the Sanarus trial. This trial is evaluating the efficacy of cryotherapy (freezing) compared with lumpectomy (surgical excision) in selected breast cancers in women over age 50. The initial trial now has 5 years of follow up in women over age 65. The results are extremely exciting and makes finding cancers when they are small even more important.
The criteria for this second phase trial include:
Invasive ductal carcinomas which are low or intermediate grade (slow growing)
The invasive ductal carcinoma is less than 1.5cm in size with less than 25% of the cancer being DCIS (Pre-invasive Ductal Carcinoma in Situ)
Women over 50 years of age.
When this national trial is completed we will achieve FDA approval which means insurances will finally start paying for it. If you, or someone you know, would like more information about breast cryotherapy for breast cancer please call Tracey at my office. We are also able to perform cryotherapy for growing or painful fibroadenomas and papillomas.
With Amy’s help we have been slowly updating our website prompted by a delightful new patient telling me candidly that her experience at Breastnet far exceeded the quality of our website! We welcome any feedback and suggestions of how we can improve it!
We are working on putting together Team Breastnet to enter the American Cancer Center “Making Strides” walk in October and would love you to support us. Please consider joining our team. You can go to azbreastnet.net/events to join or call Amy in the office for assistance or more information.
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