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New Research Aims to Better Visualize Breast Cancer in Real Time

By July 3, 2018No Comments

Treatment includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or hormonal therapy, likely a combination depending on the individual’s disease. Patients with a large breast tumour or palpable lymph nodes often receive chemotherapy first, followed by surgery. During chemotherapy, a doctor performs breast exams and occasional imaging to monitor the tumour and assess how much it is shrinking.​

Given that the degree of tumour shrinkage during chemotherapy can predict outcomes and sometimes potentially influence treatment plans, is there a better way to measure the tumour’s response to chemotherapy before surgery?

Armed with a new Health Professional-Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, this is the question that a research team led Dr. Jenny Ko, medical oncologist and director of clinical trials at BC Cancer – Abbotsford, is aiming to find out.