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 am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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