Jeon-Hor Chen1,2, Ke Nie1, S Bahri1, Rita S. Mehta3, Chieh-Chih Hsu2, Fei-Ting Hsu2, Han-Ni Shih2, Muqing Lin1, orhang Nalcioglu1, M-Y Lydia Su1
1Center for Functional Onco-Imaging, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA, United States; 2China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 3Department of Medicine, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA, United States
We have demonstrated the feasibility of investigating the reduction of density following chemotherapy using a quantitative analysis method based on MRI. Patients receiving chemotherapy showed reduction of breast density, and that the effects were more pronounced in younger women than older (post-menopausal) women. The results suggest that the reduction of breast density after chemotherapy was possibly mediated through impaired ovarian function. The reduction could be clearly noted after 1 to 2 cycles of AC regimen. Although the density continued to decrease after 4 cycles of AC and the following Taxane regimen, the subsequent effect was smaller.