What would happen if the truth about radiation treatment got out?
Thanks to Kathi Kolb and all the commentors on her blog for sharing their real-life experiences with radiation treatment and the aftermath.
Changes will only come for DCIS/breast cancer treatment when enough women demand it!
I have been saying NO to rads for over 2 years despite the hard sell, fear tactics and claims that there is very little harm, damage, discomfort, pain and short & long-term repercussions from radiation treatment. Most oncologists, radiologists and surgeons tout only benefits and statistics of lowering DCIS recurrence. One major point I discovered that they fail to tell us is that our chance of an invasive recurrence is actually higher.
According to an article published in the Journal of Surgical Oncology 2007 by MELVIN J. SILVERSTEIN, MD and MICHAEL D. LAGIOS, MD entitled Should all Patients Undergoing Breast Conserving Therapy for DCIS Receive Radiation Therapy? No. One Size Does Not Fit All: An Argument Against the Routine Use of Radiation Therapy for All Patients With Ductal Carcinoma In Situ of the Breast Who Elect Breast Conservation:
“More invasive recurrences among irradiated patients: In our experience and the experience of others, the percentage of invasive recurrence after radiation therapy is greater than 50%. After excision alone, it is approximately 34%. In addition, the median time to recurrence is twice as long for the irradiated patients. If a higher percentage of recurrences among irradiated patients are invasive, this could lead to a higher mortality rate.”
Here’s another great resource/story: “DCIS Without Rads”: https://sites.google.com/site/dciswithoutrads/home