The Insanity of DCIS Surgery

I am astonished at the way in which DCIS surgeries are performed…it is unacceptable and we must find a better way than to blindly hack at women’s breasts 2-3 times and then tell them they need a mastectomy because clear margins could not be obtained. How would you feel if you were told you needed to amputate your breast after 3 surgeries for something that is non-invasive and most likely will never be invasive cancer?  This is just part of the breast cancer insanity that needs to change! With all the billions of dollars raised for breast cancer treatments and research, how can procedures remain so invasive, ineffective and antiquated???

Dr. Susan Love responds to the New York Times and other news organizations which have recently reported on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that nearly one in four women who have a lumpectomy require another surgery to remove additional tissue. “What we desperately need is better imaging, which will allow us to map the ductal anatomy and the extent of disease accurately ahead of time and direct an informed operation rather than what is in essence an exploratory one.”

Yes, Dr. Susan Love, we need better imaging!!! And we need for insurance to authorize it and make it available to anyone who has DCIS or is at high risk for breast cancer!

Please read my blog post about “better imaging” available NOW.  Bye-Bye Mammograms: Hello SonoCiné Ultrasound


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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1 Response to The Insanity of DCIS Surgery

  1. Suzan Tusson says:

    So where is all of the money being raised for breast cancer research actually going?


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