Dixie J. Mills, MD, FACS
is a Harvard-trained general surgeon who has been specializing in breast
care since 1989. She has worked with Dr. Susan Love at her breast clinic
and with the Mind-Body Clinic in Boston. She believes in working with
women to understand, clarify and trust their choices relating to breast
care, whether it is performing self examination, treating breast pain,
getting a mammogram, or obtaining breast cancer options. Viewing breast
diseases as messages to women's nurturing strengths, Dixie urges women
to find their own guidance and power through political, spiritual, physical
and/or psychological means. Using her surgical and medical tools, Dr.
Mills sees herself as an ally with each woman's unique healing process.
Before attending medical school at the University of Massachusetts, Dixie
worked at a nationally known education / prevention program as a teacher
trainer. While practicing in Boston, she was co-founder of the Breast
Cancer High-Risk Clinic at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Why Do I Have This Web Site?
After working in Boston at Susan Love's Breast Center,
Faulkner Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, Mt. Auburn Hospital and
Farber Cancer Institute, I elected to move to Maine in 1995 for both
personal and professional reasons. I could see that there was some obvious
that I wanted to know more about. Women to Women in
Yarmouth, Maine, was the emerging leader of cutting edge women's health.
first book had just come out; she was stepping out of direct patient
care and they were looking for a new person to join them. The time could
not have been better. Hospitals in Boston were becoming more interested
in who was merging with whom and who could save the most money, rather
than innovative health care. Besides, the traffic was awful. My son was
seven and I thought it was a good time to make a move if I ever was going
to do it, and
what a perfect place to raise a child — Maine! I joke with Susan
Love that she decided to write a book about hormones; I decided to jump
right into it with real patients.
I still practice at Women
and at the Maine Medical
Center's Breast Care Center. I have had the honor to be the doctor
for so many wonderful women over the years, and heard so many (too many)
stories of pain,
triumph and peace. I realized that I answer certain questions every day
over and over. I think that women are now doing a lot of reading about
breast cancer issues, and I am
glad they are, but something is still missing.
So I decided to put together this website to answer some of those questions.
I refer you to links to traditional and standard answers, but offer
some of my personal ideas that I have learned in the last twelve years,
and many that I have learned from my patients. I realize I don't have
THE ANSWER. Despite growing up on Nancy Drew books, wanting to be
detective and realizing I must have a ton of clues from all my patients,
I still cannot see any clear rhyme or reason to WHY so many women,
the young ones, are getting breast cancer. Nor do I have the perfect
cure to prevent breast cancer from coming back, but I will share some
patients efforts and stories and let you take what you want. I hope by
providing information and links in this website and by inspiring
others to keep asking more questions, our daughters and granddaughters
will not have to go through the fear and dread that my generation does.
Dr. Dixie Mills at work.
The content provided by this site is Dr. Mills's personal opinions
and is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to substitute
for the reommendations of your personal health care professional.
We encourage Internet users to be careful when using medical information.
If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a physician.
©copyright Dixie Mills, MD, 2006-2010