Tag: breast cancer

Lab Day Provides Exclusive Look Behind the Scientific Curtain

When you love music, you go to a concert. When you love art, you go to a gallery. But when you love science you can’t just go to a laboratory — or can you? On June 7, six scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital opened their laboratory doors to a group of donors and their friends ...

Breast Cancer Screening Research Highlights How Flawed Science Contributes to Health Disparities

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital published in JAMA Surgery highlights the pitfalls of basing clinical recommendations on data that is too heavily skewed towards one race or ethnic group. The current guidelines for breast cancer screening issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force recommend beginning mammograms at age 50 for women at ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Vanishing Bone: The Medical Mystery That Could Have Derailed Millions Of Hip Replacements – The twist-filled backstory of disaster averted as told by former Mass General chief of joint replacement surgery Dr. William H. Harris Standard Age For Mammograms Puts Nonwhite ...

Researchers Use Machine Learning to Improve Breast Cancer Screening Techniques

Imagine enduring a painful, expensive and scar-inducing surgery—only to find out afterwards that it wasn’t necessary. This is the situation for many women with high-risk breast lesions—areas of tissue that appear suspicious on a mammogram and have abnormal but not cancerous cells when tested by needle biopsy. Following surgical removal, 90% of these lesions end ...

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Mass. General Study Identifies Genomic Differences Between Breast Cancers of African American and White Women

“In addition to having a higher prevalence of triple-negative breast cancers than Caucasian women – something that has been documented in previous studies – we found that African American women with breast cancer had a significantly higher prevalence of the TP53 driver mutation, basal tumor subtype and greater genomic diversity within tumors, all of which suggest more aggressive tumor ...

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Mass General Researcher Using Scholar Award to Investigate New Imaging Technique For Breast Cancer

Lawrence Wald, PhD, and his team at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital are working to advance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and related technologies, including magnetic particle imaging (MPI), a new method to detect small magnetic “nanoparticles” injected into the blood. Supported by an MGH Research Scholar Award, Dr. Wald and colleagues are now developing a ...