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“…and offers evidence that CAM therapies may be of value in preventing progression of DCIS to invasive breast cancer…”

Many women diagnosed with DCIS wonder if their diagnosis increases their risk of full-blown breast cancer. As the study below explains, the research is not clear on this. What is clear however, are the short, long-term and late stage side effects from radiation recommended to DCIS patients.

What the study below also makes clear is that evidence-based non-conventional, non-toxic therapies can resolve DCIS. Not only acupunture but

  • nutrition,
  • supplementation and
  • lifestyle therapies

have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Please keep in mind that the DCIS patient discussed below did undergo lumpectomy. The patient chose not to undergo addition therapies of either radiation or chemotherapy.

The point of this post is not to disuade DCIS patients from considering standard-of-care therapies, the point of this post is for DCIS patients to consider including evidence-based non-toxic therapies to their anti-BC regimen.

I am a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I have remained in complete remission from my “incurable” cancer since 1999 by following an evidence-based regimen of non-toxic anti-cancer including nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies.

To learn more about non-toxic therapies to reduce your risk of breast cancer please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Regression of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ After Treatment with Acupuncture

“This report describes a case of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) that regressed after treatment with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The natural history of DCIS remains to be elucidated, and it is unclear whether all DCIS cases progress to invasive breast cancer. Surgery plus radiation therapy or mastectomy is recommended for women in whom this potentially nonprogressive cancer is detected. This case supports the developing trend toward active surveillance in lieu of breast-disfiguring surgery and offers evidence that CAM therapies may be of value in preventing progression of DCIS to invasive breast cancer…

Incidence of DCIS has increased dramatically since screening mammography became the standard of care in 1983. Before 1975, the incidence was 1.87 per 100,000 adult women; as of 2004 that number had grown to 32.5 per 100,000. Approximately 50,000 women will be diagnosed with DCIS this year.

Research has clearly demonstrated that DCIS conveys risk for development of IBC. It is associated with risk for both locally invasive IBC and distant development of IBC. As little as 5% and much as 39%–59% of DCIS cases are actually found to be IBC at the time of excision, and 5%–19% of DCIS recurs after excision. Of these, roughly half are invasive at recurrence

For these reasons, recommendations for treatment of DCIS are as aggressive as those for IBC. In the case of DCIS, treatment consists primarily of breast-conserving surgery (also known as segmental excision or lumpectomy), with or without radiation and chemotherapy, or mastectomy.

  • Approximately 45% of women diagnosed with DCIS undergo lumpectomy alone,
  • 35% undergo lumpectomy followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy, and
  • 15% have mastectomy.

Numerous studies demonstrate that radiation reduces cancer recurrence after breast-conserving surgery., Although research consistently shows a decline in recurrence of DCIS or invasive breast cancer after treatment, data fail to show any increase in long-term survival associated with treatment. In fact, long-term survival in women diagnosed with DCIS is excellent; in the United States, only 1.6% of women diagnosed with DCIS die of breast cancer within 10 years.17

The patient changed her diet by cutting out all refined sugar and white flour. She reduced her caffeine intake and consumed raw green juices, including 10 ounces of wheat grass juice, daily. She reduced meat, increased fish, sourcing as much as possible organically and locally. Organic dairy was consumed only minimally. She added supplemental vitamins E (400 IU daily), A (10,000 IU daily), D (1200 IU daily), and C (1500 mg daily); calcium (600 mg daily); and magnesium (250 mg daily). She took digestive enzymes, essential fatty acids (fish source, 2000 mg daily), and turmeric capsules (325 mg) with her meals…

This report describes a case of DCIS in a perimenopausal woman, treated by excisional biopsy followed only by CAM care without the use of chemotherapeutic agents or further surgery. The patient experienced a 75% reduction in volume of her DCIS between diagnosis in 2009 and November 2011, concomitant with the use of alternative therapies. To be sure, the remaining disease is still suspicious for neoplasm, and biopsy would be necessary to confirm this. However, this case represents evidence that DCIS may regress without chemotherapy or radiation, especially in perimenopausal women whose estrogen and progesterone levels are falling…

Just as all cases of DCIS are not equally likely to progress to IBC, all cases of DCIS are not equally amenable to active surveillance with adjuvant CAM care. Unfortunately, predicting which DCIS lesions are likely to progress is not possible with the current state of clinical research. Women diagnosed with DCIS must apprise themselves of as much information about their particular form of DCIS as possible, including method of diagnosis, margin status, nuclear grade, histologic type, and cellular and genetic markers, before deciding on a course of therapy. Only by being well informed about the risks and benefits of all their treatment options, from active surveillance to mastectomy, and engaging their physicians in educated discussions can they come to a decision that is right for them.”

What Foods Help Prevent Breast Cancer Risk?

“Lifestyle also plays a critical role, with research linking heavy drinking, smoking, estrogen exposure, and certain dietary patterns — including Western diets high in processed foods — to an increased risk of breast cancer (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).

Notably, studies associate other eating patterns like the Mediterranean diet with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Moreover, specific foods may even protect against this illness (7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).

Here are 10 foods to eat to help reduce your risk of breast cancer, as well as a few to avoid…”







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Susan says 6 years ago

I tried to send an email using “contact-us” but just get an error. I didn’t want to post my breast cancer story in the full public domain …

    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Susan-

    If you would like you can send an email to my personal email box. My address is david.peoplebeatingcancer@gmail.com. I hope you are

    Thank you,

    David Emerson

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