OKC doctor works on more effective test to fight breast cancer

OKC doctor works on more effective test to fight breast cancer

Posted: Updated:
OKLAHOMA CITY -

There is nothing more important in a cancer diagnosis than early detection. This is the case with any type of cancer, but there could be new developments in detecting breast cancer, and Oklahoma City is leading the charge

This year about 3,000 women in Oklahoma will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Nearly 600 women will die from it. Dr. Alan Hollingsworth from Mercy Women's Center believes lives could be saved if a more effective test was created. A test like the one he and women across the Metro have been working on for two decades.

Kristye Kirk-Shores is a patient of Dr. Hollingsworth. She found out last year she had an aggressive 2.8 centimeter tumor in her left breast.

"I went through 16 rounds of chemo, three blood transfusions, and just finished my 34th radiation treatment," Kristye said.

Kristye has been getting mammograms and MRIs for over a decade. In fact, she had a mammogram nine months before her diagnosis, that missed it.

"They say if I hadn't had the MRI, if it hadn't picked up the cancer, it may have been another year or two before it was discovered," she said.

Her prognosis could have been much different. It's stories like Kristye's that have fueled the research of Dr. Hollingsworth.

Dr. Hollingsworth says there's a false belief that mammograms find 90% of cancers. He says it's really closer to 50%, but Dr. Hollingsworth thinks he may have found the winning solution.

For the last two decades he's been collecting blood samples from women at Mercy Women's Center, and sending them around the world.

"So for over the course of all these years 2,000 women have participated in this study," Dr. Hollingsworth said.

He says researchers across the globe are using those samples to create a breast cancer blood test. A tool, that could detect cancers, mammograms often miss.

"It's really exciting, of course because it would revolutionize breast cancer screening," he said.

The test is headed to clinical trial. Meaning the samples Dr. Hollingsworth has been collecting, and the women he's collecting them from, will be a part of history.

"This early detection test, blood test, I think would be amazing," said Kristye.

Kristye has more reason than most to be excited. She has three generations of breast cancer in her family and underwent a double mastectomy.

"After fighting it three generations I hope that my daughter who's nine years old, doesn't have to go through this and doesn't have to have the term breast cancer be so scary," said Kristye.

Dr. Hollingsworth has to keep his enthusiasm about the study guarded. It's gone through clinical trials once before and failed. But he says it's a battle that's worth fighting and breast cancer is an enemy he wants to defeat.

"I'd rather work on something meaningful that fails than to drivel away with some silly little research that's never going to mean anything," said Dr. Hollingsworth.

It's that hope that means the world to Kristye, and could mean all the difference to those still too young to understand.

"I think it gives those of us who have breast cancer so much hope for the next generation and for ourselves," Kristye said.

The study is in the final stages of planning and Dr. Hollingsworth will be one of the primary investigators. If approved, it could still take years for any test to be officially available. Dr. Hollingsworth said a blood test would be a fantastic resource in developing countries where mammograms and MRIs aren't available.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Norman eyes new fund for flooding, drainage issues

    Norman eyes new fund for flooding, drainage issues

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:27:12 GMT
    In Norman, flooding isn't terribly unusual during rain.For a city who has a street named Flood Street, and another nicknamed "Lake McGee" for the drive that often floods, having a fund to take care of issues like drainage would be beneficial, city leaders say.
    In Norman, flooding isn't terribly unusual during rain.For a city who has a street named Flood Street, and another nicknamed "Lake McGee" for the drive that often floods, having a fund to take care of issues like drainage would be beneficial, city leaders say.
  • Norman emergency crews respond to near drowning - one person transported to hospital

    Norman emergency crews respond to near drowning - one person transported to hospital

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:27:24 GMT
    There is a possible drowning at Lake Thunderbird. Norman emergency personnel are on the scene in the Turkey Creek Pass area of the lake.
    There is a possible drowning at Lake Thunderbird. Norman emergency personnel are on the scene in the Turkey Creek Pass area of the lake.
  • FOP President demonstrates how hot a car can get

    FOP President demonstrates how hot a car can get

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:15:28 GMT
    EMSA calls it an unknown epidemic. Since May, paramedics in the metro have had more than 60 calls about kids being left in hot cars. The results can be deadly.To demonstrate just how much heat can affect the body John George, the president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police, locked himself inside his SUV for 30 minutes Sunday.
    EMSA calls it an unknown epidemic. Since May, paramedics in the metro have had more than 60 calls about kids being left in hot cars. The results can be deadly.To demonstrate just how much heat can affect the body John George, the president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police, locked himself inside his SUV for 30 minutes Sunday.
  • More HeadlinesMore>>

  • "I'm pregnant": Man, 80, to be charged for killing intruder claiming to be pregnant

    "I'm pregnant": Man, 80, to be charged for killing intruder claiming to be pregnant

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:00:02 GMT
    (CNN) -- Tom Greer says he fought back when he was attacked by intruders at his Southern California home. Then he got his gun and fired at them and they ran. The 80-year-old homeowner says one of the fleeing burglars, a woman, shouted, "I'm pregnant!" He shot her twice, killing her. The woman was not pregnant, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told CNN on Friday. The district attorney will decide whether Greer will face criminal charges. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnel...
    (CNN) -- Tom Greer says he fought back when he was attacked by intruders at his Southern California home. Then he got his gun and fired at them and they ran. The 80-year-old homeowner says one of the fleeing burglars, a woman, shouted, "I'm pregnant!" He shot her twice, killing her. The woman was not pregnant, Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told CNN on Friday. The district attorney will decide whether Greer will face criminal charges. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnel...
  • Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

    Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:16:59 GMT
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces, and leave behind a slimy mess.
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces, and leave behind a slimy mess.
  • 3 days on, no arrests in hunt for carjack killers

    3 days on, no arrests in hunt for carjack killers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:05:12 GMT
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed their stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, has entered its third day, with investigators saying they're hopeful the suspects will soon be caught.
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed their stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, has entered its third day, with investigators saying they're hopeful the suspects will soon be caught.
  • FOX25 Slideshows

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Compiling list...
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.