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Breast Cancer Technology Changing Treatment to Case-by-Case Basis

Doctors and researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017 6:09 PM
Updated: Nov. 1, 2017 6:18 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Doctors and researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.

Breast surgeon Pretti Subhedar from the Emory Winship Cancer Institute says breast cancer is not a death sentence.

"There is definitely not a one size fits all treatment for breast cancer," said Dr. Preeti Subhedar, a Winship Breast Surgical Oncologist. "It use to just be surgery, radiation, [and] chemotherapy. We're now moving into genomic testing driving our treatment decisions."
3-D mammograms are also available in some centers.

"We use 3-D mammograms here at Winship for all of our screeners," says Subhedar. "It's better than a 2-D mammogram because the picture quality is better."

Breast imagining radiologist, Anna Holbrook says 3-D mammograms also help cut down on false positives, in which a test result can incorrectly indicate breast cancer.

"False positives scare women. They think they have cancer and they really don't," Holbrook says, "So they have to go through several days or weeks or worry that's not necessary."

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