Gail score

Gail score

(gāl)
[Mitchell H. Gail, U.S. oncologist]
A tool that assesses a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer in the next 5 years. It uses several variables, including the woman’s current age and the ages when she first menstruated and gave birth; any history of breast biopsies; and any history of the disease in her mother, sisters, or daughters.
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Joyce O'Shaughnessy, an investigator in the trial, stressed that while the study doesn't have the statistical power to conclude ductal lavage is a useful screening tool for detecting breast cancer, it does establish the technique as a helpful means of further stratifying an individual's risk beyond Gail score alone.
O'Shaughnessy said "there is a huge amount of interest" in ductal lavage among breast cancer specialists around the country An example of the sort of highly practical question she would love to see answered through a clinical trial or registry data is this: If a woman at high lifetime risk of breast cancer based upon a high Gail score has benign findings on lavage and her lavage remains benign a year later, does she need to take tamoxifen?
Joyce O'Shaughnessy, an investigator in the trial, stressed that while the study lacked the statistical power to show that ductal lavage is a useful screening tool, it does establish the technique as a helpful means of further stratifying an individual's risk beyond Gail score alone.