Posts Tagged "DCIS"

A Breast That May Not Need Surgery?

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in My Cancer Type, Research

It seems perfect to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with news about a breast condition that may benefit from more awareness — and less treatment. The time may have come to start treating some DCIS like early prostate cancer — watching and waiting instead of treating. Some women with low grade DCIS and low risk tumor genomes may not need surgery.¬†A 23-year retrospective study of 57,222 women found that surgery on low grade DCIS did not save lives from breast cancer.¬†Instead, these women could be managed with watchful waiting (also called active surveillance). Who does this...

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Oncotype Dx Validated for DCIS

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Research

Newly diagnosed with DCIS? Wondering whether you’ll need radiation after surgery? Considering a lumpectomy versus a mastectomy? The Oncotype Dx test has been used to identify which breast cancers need chemotherapy. Now, a new version of the test helps determine which DCIS tumors need radiation therapy. Read the full story here. Oncotype Dx needs to be ordered along with your surgery or biopsy. The test looks at biochemical markers in the tumor tissue that can predict how the tumor will behave.

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