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Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Treatment

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DCIS Treatment Options

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The choice of whether surgery is required or what surgery is best for you can be a difficult decision to make. After reviewing your diagnosis in clinic, the breast surgeon can work with you to arrive at a shared decision that balances your peace of mind, your cosmetic expectations as well as the treatment for your breast cancer.

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Is DCIS Cancer?

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Ductal Carcimoma In Situ is an early stage of cancer that is contained in the lactiferous or lobar ducts in the breast.
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DCIS is sometimes referred to as "pre-cancer" or "stage 0" breast cancer. A DCIS diagnosis indicates that cancerous cells were found inside the lactiferous ducts of the breast, usually during a routine mammogram, but have not spread. The cells can develop into cancer if left untreated.

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References

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Rosso KJ, Weiss A, Thompson AM. Are There Alternative Strategies for the Local Management of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ? Surg Oncol Clin N Am 27(1):69-80, 2017.

Thompson AM, Clements K, Cheung S, Pinder SE, Lawrence G, Sawyer E, Kearins O, Ball GR, Tomlinson I, Hanby A, Thomas JSJ, Maxwell AJ, Wallis MG, Dodwell DJ; Sloane Project Steering Group (NHS Prospective Study of Screen-Detected Non-invasive Neoplasias). Management and 5-year outcomes in 9938 women with screen-detected ductal carcinoma in situ: the UK Sloane Project. Eur J Cancer. 2018 Aug 6;101:210-219.

Maxwell AJ, Clements K, Hilton B, Dodwell DJ, Evans A, Kearins O, Pinder SE, Thomas J, Wallis MG, Thompson AM; Sloane Project Steering Group. Risk factors for the development of invasive cancer in unresected ductal carcinoma in situ. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2018 Apr;44(4):429-435.