Author Archives: Donna Pinto

About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.

“When is Cancer Not Really Cancer?” — Update from PRECISION (PREvent ductal Carcinoma In Situ Invasive Overtreatment Now)

“PRECISION aims to enable patients and clinicians to make informed, biology-based decisions to avoid unnecessary and burdensome treatment of indolent DCIS. The answer can only be found by synergistic collaboration between leading scientists, clinicians and patient advocates. There is a … Continue reading

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Mis-Diagnosed with DCIS at Age 26 and 38 Weeks Pregnant: How Intuition, Non-stop Research and a 2nd Pathology Opinion Changed My Life

My gut and intuition told me to research my head off and to understand what’s going on. I learned very fast that just because you have a “low grade” “stage zero” breast cancer that doesn’t mean the treatment is less than any other INVASIVE breast cancer. Continue reading

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DCIS & Cryoablation? Guest Blog

My Croablation Journey by Christine B. I was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0 grade 2 June 2017. I was immediately turned over to a surgeon who strongly suggested a lumpectomy, radiation, and a hormone blocker. Better yet a mastectomy due … Continue reading

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“It’s a Way of Living” — Donna’s Checklist

Grateful for the interview today with Deb Hackenberry, facilitator of SHARE’s DCIS online support group… Deb: “If there was one thing you would want women to take away from your DCIS experience and 10+ years of research, what would that … Continue reading

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Interview with Donna TODAY!

Women with DCIS can join facilitator Deb Hackenberry, Donna Pinto, and peers via video or phone to discuss “An Alternative DCIS Journey.” Donna Pinto is the Founder of DCIS 411. In 2010, Donna was diagnosed with intermediate grade DCIS. Based on her research, Donna decided to … Continue reading

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The Food Elevator = Love in Action

Covid-19 is especially hard on Venezuelan immigrants — many who have walked to Colombia and are now living on the streets. They are literally starving. Due to a mandatory curfew, a group of caring Colombians are now offering sandwiches and … Continue reading

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Groceries + Love = Global Healing

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ― Rumi In 2010, I was diagnosed with DCIS and my friend Adriana helped me in a priceless way. … Continue reading

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DCIS & COVID-19: How to Decrease Anxiety

Women recently diagnosed with DCIS can do more than just wait. A test is available NOW to learn if the DCIS cells from a biopsy are “low-risk” or “elevated risk.” Why wait and do nothing when you can do something … Continue reading

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Nutrition 411: Donna’s Inspiration, Recipes & Links

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates   A Health Warrior is Born On January 19, 2010, I was diagnosed with DCIS. I was 44 and had two young children. Hearing the word “carcinoma” was terrifying. Hearing the … Continue reading

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DCIS Over-Diagnosis & Over-Treatment: New Facebook Group

Patients, researchers, advocates, journalists and organizations need to work together to understand and communicate better about this serious women’s health issue! Please join a new Facebook Group: DCIS Over-diagnosis and Over-treatment A forum for information, discussion, support, research, education, awareness … Continue reading

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