Category Archives: Health

Evaluating DCIS treatments — do you know your “survival” statistics?

“There is strong evidence that treatment of DCIS in most women has no clear effect on mortality reduction.” – Finding the balance between over- and under-treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) “Risk of development of metastases and/or death in … Continue reading

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Namaste — My 4-11 Blessing to All

Today is 4-11 — a perfect day for a quick check-in… and “namaste” blessing to all! On April 1, I celebrated my birthday with a visit to the Self Realization Fellowship Mediation Gardens in Encinitas. I said a prayer of … Continue reading

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Keeping Patient Perspectives at the Forefront of DCIS Research

Patient Advocates from across the US and around the world came together to share insights about DCIS at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The COMET Study Patient Leadership Team presented “Changing the DCIS Conversation: Development of an Alternative Discourse by … Continue reading

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Active Surveillance P L U S — Donna’s Vision

“Active surveillance” of a potential cancerous condition through periodic medical imaging in itself can be extremely stressful — and the anxiety, worry and fear of cancer developing or progressing may not go away as time goes on.    Active Surveillance … Continue reading

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Aggressive Treatments for DCIS — or NOT? New Research Sheds Light

I hope every woman diagnosed with low-risk DCIS today knows they have a great opportunity that did not exist for me (and thousands others) in the past.

I feel an incredible sense of gratitude to all the forces and people that have made the COMET Study possible — to the physicians and cancer centers who are making it available — and to the women who will participate. Thank you! Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Mammograms: Hello SonoCiné Ultrasound

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein As more and more studies reveal the sad truth about mammograms, many women are left wondering what to do. We all want better, safer and … Continue reading

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Donna’s Official “Better-than-Awareness” Checklist

“Breast cancer is a dominant fear for many women. Fortunately, it’s also largely a preventable disease with the right diet and a healthy lifestyle. Contrary to what most people hope for, early detection by mammography causes more harm than good. … Continue reading

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