Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NEW breast cancer research presentations for the Symphony suite of breast cancer tests (MammaPrint ® & BluePrint ®)


Last week I was privileged to see the 10 NEW breast cancer research presentations for the Symphony suite of breast cancer tests (MammaPrint ® & BluePrint ®) at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas.

“These ten studies further demonstrate Agendia’s continued commitment to providing the oncology community and their breast cancer patients with the most comprehensive and validated picture of tumor biology available in the market,” said Neil Barth, M.D., Agendia’s Chief Medical Officer. 
 
Symphony is the only widely available test suite providing molecular subtyping -- a recent advancement in breast cancer prognosis and treatment that is highlighted in several SABCS posters. The second-generation MammaPrint test provides definitive High Risk or Low Risk information about breast cancer recurrence, with no “intermediate” results. 

WIth this new information, I will now be able to better assist my patients with their decision making regarding which forms of treatment they now need to undergo.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rory

Just caught up with Rory McIlroy in Sydney. He's still feeling guilty about beating Adam Scott on the 72nd hole!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cervical Cancer Heading South

A Victorian study just published shows a 50% reduction in precancerous cervical lesions - probably due to HPV vaccination. Good news! This should mean that a lot less women will suffer from cervical cancer!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Australia's First MammaPrint Test

Australia's first breast cancer patient to undergo MammaPrint testing based on an FFPE sample has now received her results and changed her treatment accordingly.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hingston on Steinway

Someone just found this video of me as an 18 year old and put it on YouTube :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to9Ow737-j8&feature=youtu.be

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tastings on Hastings

Fireman Sam (Xavier Ramero) & Thomas the Tank Engine (Luke Bowden) enjoying themselves today at Tastings on the Hastings.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ken the Koala

Can you spot Ken the Koala sitting in our neighbour's tree?

Monday, October 21, 2013

National Drowning Report

The recently released National Drowning Report shows that drownings are on the rise, with 31 young lives lost in pools, dams & bathtubs (up 48% from last year)!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Port Macquarie Half Ironman

Another Perfect Port Macquarie day (no wind, no cloud, 16 degrees) for the Port Macquarie Half Ironman. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NSW Soccer

Congratulations to the Tacking Point Primary School soccer team who successfully reached the top 4 primary school teams in NSW today!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Srixon International 2013 Sub-Junior Golf Comp

For an update on Matthew Hingston's progress at this event, visit http://jnjg.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/jnjg13/event/jnjg1318/index.htm

Friday, September 27, 2013

GSA Conference

Currently at the General Surgeons Australia conference at The Westin in Sydney. Congratulations to the organisers for a helpful programme.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Beach Energy

Beach Energy has just committed $150,000 to provide 3,500 bowel cancer screening tests for their employees. Good work - and a positive challenge to other employers.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Near Hole in One

Matthew Hingston's near hole in ine at the Par 3 180m 8th at Emerald Downs Golf Course today after missing the hole by cm's. Ignore my second shot off to the right!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tour de Rocks 2014

Tour de Rocks 2014 has now been set for April 24-26th. It should again be a lot of fun, but also hopefully will raise significant funds for cancer research. See www.tourderocks.com.au

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

EviQ & FRA BOC

Here's some useful breast cancer genetics tools ...

https://www.eviq.org.au/

And

http://canceraustralia.gov.au/clinical-best-practice/gynaecological-cancers/familial-risk-assessment-fra-boc

MammaPrint

A glimpse at the future ... http://www.agendia.com/pages/mammaprint/21.php

Predict

At ASBD Conference - Just learnt about a new tool which will help my patients ...... http://www.predict.nhs.uk/predict.shtml

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Australasian Society of Breast Disease 2013 Cairns Conference

Have just arrived at Cairns Convention Centre for Australasian Society of Breast Disease Annual Conference. Great start to program with Workshop in Oncoplastic Surgery.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NSW PSSA Regional Golf Champs

Matthew Hingston competing in the Golf champs today. Congratulations Matthew on a very enjoyable two days.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Too Busy for Breast Cancer Screening

One in two women are increasing their risk of breast cancer by skipping regular mammograms simply because they are too busy, according to alarming new research. Breast Screen NSW recently surveyed 1000 women aged 50-74 and found half missed their regular appointment, with most citing a "lack of time" as the reason despite 95 per cent agreeing the free screening could save their life. "Twelve women get diagnosed every day in NSW and 17 a week die of breast cancer, and many of these deaths don't need to happen because screening can pick up a cancer as small as a grain of rice before it's even able to be felt," Cancer Institute of NSW deputy CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda said.

I consider breast cancer screening time well spent, particularly if it saves your life! Dr Guy Hingston.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AirNZ Services to Masterton

Truly saddened to hear the planned cessation of AirNZ services to Masterton in Feb 2014. There is no easy solution to this dilemma.

Friday, August 30, 2013

2nd Round Success for Lleyton Hewitt

Congratulations Lleyton for beating Juan Martin Del Potro to get into the 3rd Round of the US Tennis Open just now. Good Work!
  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Meter warns of sunburn risk

The Cancer Council WA wants public UV index meters installed in school playgrounds and at popular beaches, parks and sporting grounds to warn of sunburn and skin cancer risks.

Australia's first public UV index meter, which measures solar radiation intensity every minute, was switched on at Deep Water Point in Mt Pleasant this week. The real-time UV index meter, which only recently became possible with new technology, would show when the UV level was above three - the level when people are advised to protect themselves from the sun.

Sounds like a good idea - to help people know how much radiation they are receiving from the big radiator in the sky.

Dr Guy Hingston.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alcohol consumption before pregnancy increases risk of breast cancer

A paper published today in the JNCI shows alcohol intake before pregnancy is associated with increasing risk of breast cancer.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tony Abbott's Life Saving Pledge

Tony Abbott has pledged to save 875 Aussie lives by speeding up bowel cancer screening. Go Tony! Those of us at the coal face know that we need your help!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Poor Prediction

Sadly, my prediction was wrong. The All Blacks won by 18, not 25. Better luck in Wellington Guys. Thanks for your support tonight Tim Atherton.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Calcium Channel Blockers & Breast Cancer Risk

The JAMA Internal Medicine journal has just published a study which shows that calcium channel blockers (a group of antihypertensive drugs) increase the risk of breast cancer 2.5-fold. However, more research is needed.

Friday, August 9, 2013

At the soccer ...

The old men supporting the Under 12 Dragons at the soccer this morning ...

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New UNSW Lecture Theatre Opening

Bel Canto singing in the brand new UNSW lecture theatre at the opening today. Sounded Great Team.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lowest Smoking Rate Yet!

Victorian smoking rate now down to an all time low of 13%. Good News!!! This means less people will have an early demise due to lung cancer, chronic airways disease, heart attack, stroke, etc. etc.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Great to have Dr Gillian & Amanda from BreastScreen presenting digitally @ 2nd multidisciplinary (dedicated) breast cancer mtg - Thanks Guys

Sunday, August 4, 2013

TJ

Congratulations to TJ Peranara for becoming the latest All Black.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Year VI Examination Preparation

In ten minutes, confidently & competently take Relevant history & look for Relevant examination findings, & present Diagnosis, Differential Dx & Management Plan including next investigations & treatment options (both surgical & medical). Keep talking.

Lowering Women's Cancer Risk...

Women who want to avoid breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer should avoid booze and cigarettes, keep their weight low, have children early and avoid oral contraceptives. A breakthrough new tool developed at the National Cancer Institute in the USA released today allows women to predict their absolute risk of developing breast ovarian and endometrial cancer - See link at: http://gold-book.net

Thursday, August 1, 2013

#SuperRugby Final Tomorrow

How many points are the #Chiefs going to beat the #Brumbies by in the #SuperRugby Final tomorrow night?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Yervoy

Patients with metastatic melanoma taking the drug Yervoy are now saving tens of thousands of dollars, with the help of the new PBS subsidy.

Great Aunty Joyce

Great Aunty Joyce passed 3 days ago. A great innings - she stayed at the crease for 100 years! Rest In Peace. In fond memory, Dr Guy.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Chiefs narrowly hold out Crusaders!

Congratulations to the Chiefs for their narrow win over the Crusaders in last night's semifinals. Maybe Champions again 2 years running!

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's a Boy!

It's a Boy!

First Dedicated Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Meeting

We had our 1st dedicated multidisciplinary breast cancer meeting at the PMQ North Coast Cancer Institute tonight with 5 specialties present!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

British Golf Open

Well done Adam Scott for 3rd at the Open, & Congratulations to Phil Mickleson for winning!

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Blogger Mobile

Now on Blogger Mobile...

North Coast Medicare Local Copernican Inversion Series Breakfast

Spoke this week to the North Coast Medicare Local Copernican Inversion Series Breakfast presenting latest information on Preventive Health Service Manual Gold Books... Exciting developments might result from this interaction.

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