The media madness began in August 2015 following the publication of the most extensive study to date on DCIS in the prestigious medical Journal JAMA Oncology. The study of over 100,000 women concluded there was no “life-saving” benefit to “standard protocol” for DCIS (surgery, radiation and drugs). “The analysis reinforces a growing belief that current treatment regimens for this condition are overly aggressive or outright unnecessary.”
Donna in the news:
KPBS Radio & TV, August 24, 2015, Study Prompts San Diego Doctors, Patients To Question Breast Cancer Treatment Strategy TOP STORY on Midday Edition — a LIVE 16 minute radio interview and 5 minute TV segment featuring Donna along with an oncologist from Sharp Hospital in San Diego.
TIME Magazine, October 1, 2015: Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment Donna was interviewed via phone for 45 minutes for this article. She discussed how she was “blindsided” when given the diagnosis, yet she knew intuitively the standard aggressive DCIS protocol was not right. Sadly, this article focuses on “doing nothing” and does not mention being pro-active with regards to a holistic approach to diet and lifestyle as Donna emphasized was so important for herself as well as all women choosing “active surveillance.”
San Diego Union Tribune, Study challenges status quo in breast cancer treatment Donna’s story is featured in this FRONT PAGE article.
More major news stories and headlines:
CBS News TV segment, November 3, 2015 The debate over early breast cancer treatment
New York Times, August 20, 2015: Doubt Is Raised Over Value of Surgery for Breast Lesion at Earliest Stage
New York Times, September, 28, 2015: A Breast Cancer Surgeon Who Keeps Challenging the Status Quo
JAMA Oncology, Editorial, October 2015: Rethinking the Standard for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Treatment
Health News Review, DCIS dilemma: Dr. Laura Esserman podcast
Prevention Magazine, Nov 5, 2015: Annual Mammograms Won’t Lower Your Risk Of Dying From Breast Cancer. Here’s What Will.
Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2015: We should look less hard for cancer
Elle Magazine, June 8, 2015: THE DANGER OF DCIS, THE BREAST “CANCER” THAT’S OFTEN NOT
CNN, February 4, 2015: Time to change how we think about cancer