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 to treat their breast cancer 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 that better imaging (such as the Aurora RODEO MRI) and make it available to anyone who has DCIS or is at high risk for breast cancer or recurrence!
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