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

Another good post about some of the new DCIS research that should give us better answers! If you want more information about DCIS, please join us at the SHARE DCIS webinar on 3/22/17 at noon Eastern: bit.ly/2hRYj8H

DCIS 411

photo-1440968872456-dec3196b9bee - Copy (2)Where are the studies of women (like me) who have taken a less aggressive path for “low-risk” DCIS? 

Until now — they didn’t exist.

Thanks to $13.4 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a long over-due clinical trial for DCIS has officially launched.

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It’s called The COMET Study.

The goal is to learn if women with low-risk DCIS can avoid aggressive treatments and their physical and/or emotional side effects.

COMET stands for Comparison of Operative to Monitoring and Endocrine Therapy. It is a randomized prospective study that will enroll 1200 women at 100 cancer centers throughout the US.

My Role as a Patient Advocate

comet_3In 2016, I was invited to be one of four patient advocates on The COMET Study team.

We have enjoyed the opportunity to keep patient perspectives at the forefront of the study as well as this new website: www.dcisoptions.org

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