logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Breast Cancer Site

BellaOnline's Breast Cancer Editor

g

Is DCIS Breast Cancer?


DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ, consists of abnormal cells inside the milk duct. It is considered a noninvasive pre-cancer. Some DCIS goes on to become invasive breast cancer; some does not. Because the potential of invasive breast cancer exists, treatment at the DCIS stage is often recommended.

DCIS is diagnosed more often now because of the increase in regular mammography screening. On the mammogram film or image, microcalcifications may be present. To the layperson, they often look like very small white specks. When microcalcifications appear on the mammogram, this indicates that you may have DCIS. A biopsy is usually recommended to determine if you do, indeed, have DCIS. If you do have DCIS, the biopsy will provide information to help your doctor determine what type of treatment you should consider.

Based on the pathology report from your biopsy, DCIS can be classified as high grade or low grade. Among other factors, low grade DCIS cells look more like normal cells. High grade DCIS cells have a much more abnormal appearance. Whether the DCIS is high grade or low grade, there is approximately a 30 percent chance it will turn into invasive breast cancer. The difference is that low grade DCIS will take longer to turn into invasive breast cancer and will be a less aggressive form. High grade DCIS will become invasive more quickly and will be a more aggressive invasive breast cancer.

Regardless of the grade (high or low), DCIS is considered to be Stage 0. This is because it is noninvasive – it has not broken through the wall of the milk duct. At this stage, it will not infiltrate into the surrounding breast tissue, and it will not metastasize to other areas of the body. However, many patients are presented with various treatment options at this point as a means of preventing invasive breast cancer in the future.

The goal of treatment in this case is to remove all of the abnormal cells. Ideally, if all of the DCIS is removed, it won’t come back. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to remove all of the DCIS. Therefore, minimizing the risk of a recurrence has to be factored into the treatment decision. DCIS also increases the risk of cancer in your other breast, and you will want to discuss this issue with your doctor as well.

Presently, treatment options range from a wide excision (taking out the DCIS along with a margin of healthy tissue), wide excision plus radiation, or mastectomy. Tamoxifen may be added based on the pathology results. There are many factors involved in choosing the best treatment option, and your doctor will go over them at length with you before you proceed further.
Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Twitter Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Facebook Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to MySpace Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Del.icio.us Digg Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Yahoo My Web Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Google Bookmarks Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Stumbleupon Add Is+DCIS+Breast+Cancer%3F to Reddit



 



Empowerment - Ten Things You Can Do
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book Review
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Breast Cancer Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Gail Armanini. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Gail Armanini. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Gail Armanini for details.

g


g features
Money Matters and Breast Cancer

Acupuncture and Breast Cancer

Melatonin and Breast Cancer

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor