It’s the diagnosis every woman fears the most. Your doctor walks in with your chart and delivers the grim news — you have breast cancer.
He even has a special name for it — ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which means you have abnormal cells in your milk ducts that could spread.
What comes next is a whirlwind of “slash and burn” treatment options to get these cells out of you. But before you agree to any treatment, there’s something you need to know.
A new study proves that the very surgery you’re likely to get for DCIS won’t add a single day to your life.
And it just may end up ruining it.
In what’s being called the most extensive study ever on DCIS, researchers looked at 100,000 US women who had been diagnosed with the condition over 20 years.
Most of the 100,000 women opted to have either part of their breast or both breasts removed. But neither surgery helped these women live longer or better lives at all.
In the 20 years after a lumpectomy or mastectomy, women with DCIS still had a 3 per cent chance of dying of breast cancer. Those are the same odds every American woman has of dying from breast cancer in her lifetime.
In other words, the surgery didn’t improve survival at all. And in many cases, the treatment was worse than the disease.
Now, there’s a raging debate in the medical community right now about whether DCIS is even cancer at all, or if it’s simply pre-cancer. But if you ask me, that’s entirely beside the point.
The real issue is whether we should be subjecting women to brutal and painful treatments that don’t do a thing to help them.
The mainstream is wearing old, outdated blinders when it comes to cancer treatment. They’ll tell you how important it is to treat DCIS — or any form of cancer — aggressively, but I know from my own practice that aggressive treatment doesn’t have to include surgery, chemo or radiation.
There are alternative cancer treatments — like intravenous vitamin C (IVC) — that alternative doctors like me use every day to treat cancer.
And there are simple, natural cures like Berberine, curcumin and fish oil that have been proven to dramatically reduce your risk of developing a serious or deadly cancer. In fact, one study found that a daily fish oil regimen can slash your chances of developing the most common types of breast cancers by an impressive 32 per cent.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Doubts raised about breast surgery for early stage cancer, nytimes.com