It was November 3, 2011 when I had a phone consultation with Dr. Michael D. Lagios, a nationally recognized breast pathologist and medical director of The Breast Cancer Consultation Service. As I wrote about in “Donna’s Journey,” the information I learned from Dr. Lagios gave me tremendous peace of mind (being that he downgraded the DCIS removed from my breast from intermediate grade to low grade). At the same time, I was totally shocked and in disbelief at the options he was telling me I had.
I recently listened back to the recording and I asked Dr. Lagios if he would be okay with me sharing it — so that other women may benefit from my questions and his answers.
I am as grateful now to him as I was then. Here is our 43 minute discussion of his review of my pathology slides, his recommended course of action for me and his perspectives on tamoxifen (which can also be found on his website here.)
Thank you Dr. Lagios for all you do to help women make the most informed decisions regarding an extremely challenging situation.
For more information on Dr. Lagios, visit his website:
The Breast Cancer Consultation Service is designed to provide self-referred women with newly diagnosed breast carcinomas, both invasive and in situ and/or atypical hyperplasias or atypia with a formal written review of their pathology slides, mammograms and other imaging studies. No physician referral or permission is needed to access the service.
The Breast Cancer Consultation Service provides:
- A review of your actual pathology slides, original mammograms and localization studies, breast ultrasound, specimen radiograms and breast MRI images.
- A second opinion regarding your pathologic diagnosis with an evaluation of your treatment options and their likely benefit.
- A formal report prepared for you and your designated physicians
- A 45-minute discussion of the findings, either in person or via telephone conference call for you, your support people, and designated physicians, if you desire.
Dr. Michael D. Lagios, a nationally recognized breast pathologist and medical director of The Breast Cancer Consultation Service, provides the service and personally discusses the findings with you. He has directed this and similar services in San Francisco since 1980. Dr Lagios is an internationally recognized expert on duct carcinoma in situ and has written or co-authored much of the pertinent literature in this area over the last 30 years.