Oncology Imaging

Many breast cancer patients opt for mastectomy believing they won’t require future imaging or biopsy. New research published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology found that is not always the case.

Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston have received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to use molecular imaging tools to test antibody therapies for breast cancer—potentially producing fewer side effects.

A new hybrid nanoplatform that simultaneously uses three types of imaging modalities—MRI, CT and fluorescence optical imaging—to locate tumors could give a new edge to molecular imaging and tumor diagnosis.  

Annual lung screenings of older-aged current and former smokers should be conducted more regularly, potentially saving up to 65,000 lives in the U.S. each year, according to findings from the NELSON study presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) World Conference on Lung Cancer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) has awarded Robert Gillies, PhD, the 2018 Gold Medal Award to honor his lifetime of research in cancer molecular imaging and cancer biology, according to a WMIS press release.

Researchers from the University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF) have demonstrated that gallium 68–labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen–11 PET/MRI may detect higher rates of prostate than multiparametric MRI, according to a study published online Sept. 18 in Radiology.

Using PET imaging in addition to conventional CT imaging for women with locally advanced cervical cancer may identify more detailed malignancies and change treatment plans, according to research published online Sept. 14 in JAMA Network Open.

Roughly 30 U.S. senators and congressional representatives were sought to cosponsor the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2017—H.R. 1298—at a Capitol Hill briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The meeting was sponsored by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, according to an ACR press release.

Despite national guidelines advising against prostate cancer screening in men 70 or older, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that prostate cancer care for this demographic costs Medicare more than $400 million a year, according to a study published Sept. 13 in JAMA Oncology.

Researchers found undergoing MRI scans every six months better detected early breast cancer in young women with a high genetic risk for the disease compared to mammograms.

Authors of recently published Danish-Norwegian research found a steady decline in breast cancer mortality during the 23-year study period. They determined the drop was due to advances in treatment rather than the region’s screening program, according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released its annual cancer progress report Wednesday, Sept. 12, revealing increasing cases despite progress made in diagnosing and treating various cancers.