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New Technology for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Posted Nov 03 2009 12:00am
Typically, breast cancer diagnosis is done either by surgical biopsy or needle biopsy, a topic I discussed in an earlier blog.   A few years ago, an imaging technique called Positron Emission Tomography (PET) started being used for breast cancer detection; however, this technique had a few drawbacks related to the marker used for breast cancer detection.  Now, new breast cancer research conducted at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital reports on the use of a new molecular imaging marker for the PET procedure for breast cancer diagnosis. 

This new marker, called NVB-64, has been shown by the researchers to detect genetic changes at the cellular level.  In a pre-clinical breast cancer research study, the investigators demonstrated that this new imaging marker detected a specific breast cancer cell receptor.  In fact, all breast tumors detected by this marker were malignant, suggesting that this new imaging marker might be a way to differentiate between malignant and benign tumors.  According to NuView, the company that designed this new marker, clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of PET imaging with the NVB-64 marker for breast cancer detection are currently in progress.

If the results from human clinical trials are as positive as the pre-clinical studies have been, this could be ground-breaking breast cancer research that could have a major impact on breast cancer diagnosis.  The development of imaging technologies that can differentiate between malignant and benign tumors and do so accurately and consistently, would dramatically reduce the need for surgical biopsies or needle biopsies.  This technology might also reduce the time between surgery and diagnosis, thus helping to reduce the stress and anxiety that often comes with waiting for the results of these tests.  This breast cancer research is excellent news for the future of breast cancer diagnosis.

While breast cancer research continues to forge ahead and make new discoveries, you can take your own steps to reduce your personal  risk of breast cancer.  Read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at to learn more.
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