Oncology Data Services

The breast cancer screening program at Harris Breast Center, within the Boone Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer.  Exams that are offered include 3D mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI along with US, stereotactic and MRI guided biopsy. Three Breast Imaging Specialists from Radiology Consultants, Inc. staff the clinic.  Dr. Terry Elwing, MD; Dr. Logan Frank, MD; and Dr. Barbara Tellerman, MD.  They have over 50 years of combined experience interpreting mammography and performing breast imaging guided procedures. Each quarter, they assess their program for quality and accuracy compared to national standards and are proud to offer you care at a level that surpasses the national benchmarks for quality.  These results are based on the following criteria.

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The Cancer Committee commissioned a review of 176 cases of non-small cell lung carcinoma diagnosed from 2009-2015 who did not appear to have treatment initiated. The purpose was to delve more deeply into these cases to determine (1) whether these observations were accurate, and if so (2) the reasons for no treatment. 

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Patients with her-2 positive breast cancer are potential candidates for “neoadjuvant” chemotherapy, or chemotherapy prior to breast surgery... This study thus looked at new breast cancers diagnosed in 2013-14 which were her-2 positive and fit the criteria for possible neoadjuvant therapy to ascertain if they were offered such therapy. 

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In April 2014, BHC completed a Quality Improvement project regarding breast axillary ultrasound study findings.

To improve preoperative diagnosis of lymph node mets, we should consider doing axillary US on any outside case that has not been adequately imaged in addition to stereotactic biopsy cases in which invasive cancer is diagnosed. Education of the breast imaging specialists and technologists involved in breast imaging will also be performed to aide in improving our diagnostic capabilities.

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We examined the outcome of 114 patients with Stage III non-small cell lung cancer from the BHC Cancer Registry.  The choice of consolidation chemotherapy was up to the physician and patient.  In general, those patients who received consolidation chemotherapy had a good enough performance status that allowed for this treatment. The results were interesting, showing a 20% improvement in overall 1 year survival, but the 5-year survival was the nearly the same, showing an insignificant difference of 21 vs 25.6% overall survival.

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