Friday, March 22, 2013

News: Hodgkin's disease; Mammograms

*German researchers have suggested that in elderly patients with early stage Hodgkin's disease, the 4 cycles of ABVD normally planned before radiation were too toxic and not as effective.  They suggested up to 20% of patients were unable to complete planned therapy.

They also suggested truncated (AVD) combinations with Revlimid or Brentuximab Vedotin  as alternative options.

*Danish researchers have reported that over 400 cases of false alarm mammograms in a screening of 1300 women.  They further suggested that in some cases the false alarm rates could reach up to 60% of cases as reported by Medscape.  This is very remarkable with possibility to further evaluations including invasive surgical procedures.  And a lot of women could end up with an unnecessary Biopsy.  And this is bad news because hx of Biopsy increases Breast cancer risk!
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