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 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.
This entry was posted in Health. Bookmark the permalink.

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?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.