Medical Watch: Bye Bye Breast Biopsy? - CBS 5 - KPHO

Medical Watch: Bye Bye Breast Biopsy?

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Kingsport home destroyed in tornado

    Kingsport home destroyed in tornado

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:05:05 GMT
    Video sent into us by a viewer shows a tornado moving swiftly through the Rock Springs Road area in Kingsport. In the blink of an eye, that tornado left one home in pieces.More >
    Video sent into us by a viewer shows a tornado moving swiftly through the Rock Springs Road area in Kingsport. In the blink of an eye, that tornado left one home in pieces.
    More >
  • June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:30:26 GMT
    Gregory A. DarnellGregory A. Darnell
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.More >
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

    More >
  • Tornado Watch continues, likely tornado in Washington, Sullivan Co.'s

    Tornado Watch continues, likely tornado in Washington, Sullivan Co.'s

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:44:10 GMT
    Viewers captured and pictures of what appeared to be a rope tornado touching down in Washington County, TN.Viewers captured and pictures of what appeared to be a rope tornado touching down in Washington County, TN.
    A powerful storm system spawned a tornado and left behind a trail of damaged through in several Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Counties.The worst of the damage appears to be in the Gray and Rock Springs area of Washington County where viewers captured video and pictures of what appeared to be a tornado.More >
    A powerful storm system spawned a tornado and left behind a trail of damaged through in several Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Counties.The worst of the damage appears to be in the Gray and Rock Springs area of Washington County where viewers captured video and pictures of what appeared to be a tornado.More >
 

About 1.7 million women will have a breast biopsy each year. It’s an invasive, painful, and costly test that comes back negative about 60 percent of the time. Now, there’s a new way to tell whether a mass is cancerous, and there’s no needle required!

Playing hide and go seek, or playing the piano, when 3-year-old Kadin is around, Grandma Roz is always playing something.

“I am blessed by all my grandchildren, but this one’s got me,” Roz Sobel told Ivanhoe.

She’s needed the distraction. A few months ago, doctors found a lump on Roz’s mammogram. It was a scary moment for a woman whose mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, and niece all had breast cancer.

“My family has a horrible history,” Roz said.

Typically—women like Roz will need a painful needle biopsy to determine if the lump is cancerous, but she took part in a clinical trial testing a new technology called opto-acoustics.

“The thought is that this will help us determine what’s cancer and what’s not,” Paulette Lebda, MD, Breast Radiologist, The Cleveland Clinic, told Ivanhoe.

An ultrasound with a laser is used to look at the distribution of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood in the lump. It’s essentially a blood map for doctors.

“Usually, benign breast masses can have a different blood profile, or blood map, than cancerous masses,” Dr. Lebda said.

Studies have shown the technique could reduce the number of biopsies by 40-percent, which was music to Roz’s ears.

It turned out her lump was caused by a dog jumping on her, not cancer.

“They knew right then and there that it was from the dog,” Roz explained.

With the opto-acoustics technology, there’s no radiation, no needle, no pain, and no risk to the patient. The technique is being studied in a clinical trial at 16 centers around the country. It will not replace mammograms, but may decrease the need for invasive biopsies by distinguishing cancerous from noncancerous breast masses through imaging.


Powered by WorldNow
CBS 5
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation), Phoenix, AZ and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service..