2nd Opinions Matter!!!

Thank you for creating "DCIS without Rads!"

Thank you for creating “DCIS without Rads!”

I can not stress how grateful I am to Sandie Walters for creating a website “DCIS Without Rads” about her DCIS story and referring me to Dr. Michael Lagios, a 30 year DCIS expert and pathologist who offers a 2nd opinion consultation service. His evaluation of my actual pathology slides brought great peace of mind to me.

He explained the unique characteristics of my particular DCIS and used the Van Nuys Prognostic Index  which takes into account age, size, grade and margins of the DCIS to determine the rate of recurrence and the best next steps. He offered me new insights and options that were not previously presented by my doctors.

Dr. Lagios gave me permission to post my phone consultation with him:

Listen to My Phone Consultation with Dr. Michael Lagios

Update June 2018: Dr. Lagios unfortunately has retired. Please see his recommendation for 2nd opinion in this post:

DCIS — Beyond “One-Size Fits-All”


About Donna Pinto

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Becoming a mom changed my life and I was fortunate to work part-time from home with many amazing nonprofits. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis inspired me to an investigation that culminated in creating DCIS 411 and Give Wellness.
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