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July 28, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 15

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This color-enhanced slide shows a magnetic resonance image (MRI) of a breast. More Women Are Choosing Mastectomies at Mayo Clinic

More women have been having mastectomies to treat early stage breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic since 2004 than during the previous 6 years, according to an analysis of surgeries done at the clinic between 1997 and 2006. While the reasons for the apparent shift are not known, the rise in mastectomy rates marks a reversal—radical surgery to remove the breast had been in decline in the United States, and at the clinic.

The findings, published online July 27 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, appear at a time when many in the field are wondering about the role of mastectomy in this disease. Read more > >


Director's Update: A Significant Milepost on the Cancer Informatics Super Highway

Five years ago, NCI launched the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) as a pilot program to develop an electronic data infrastructure system for cancer research. It was an ambitious vision to create the world's largest biomedical research "highway." Last week, at the caBIG annual meeting, we had the opportunity to see just how successful this effort has become in a very short time.

Through caBIG, NCI has built an interoperable information network, a platform that supports the exchange of large volumes of research and clinical data, along with the requisite storage and information security that are all too important in an electronic era like today. In addition, caBIG has developed, and now makes freely available, more than 40 software tools that are being applied to basic and clinical research questions related to studying cancer and other diseases—from integrative cancer research tools, to the management of clinical trials, to the inventory, tracking, and clinical annotation of biospecimens. Read more > >


Updated and Expanded Information about the Recovery Act and Challenge Grants

NCI has updated, its Web site with the latest information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The site now includes an overview of the legislation, NCI’s research objectives and signature initiatives, recently posted funding announcements, and an overview of awards. The site will be updated regularly. Your interest in the Recovery Act is important, and the institute welcomes your comments and suggestions.



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