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  • Questions for Your Provider - DCIS



    Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
    Fact Sheet

    • Is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) breast cancer? How does DCIS differ from invasive breast cancer?
    • What are my treatment options? Which treatments do you recommend for me and why?
    • What are my chances for DCIS recurrence? For developing invasive breast cancer?
    • How long do I have to make a decision about my treatment plan?
    • Can I have a lumpectomy (breast conserving surgery)?
    • If I have a lumpectomy plus radiation therapy now, and the breast cancer returns (DCIS recurrence or invasive breast cancer) in the future, will I need to have a mastectomy at that time?
    • Will I need radiation therapy after my surgery? If I have radiation therapy, when will the radiation oncologist discuss my radiation treatment with me?
    • Is my DCIS estrogen receptor-positive or -negative? Will I need hormone therapy, such as tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor?
    • Were my tumor margins negative (also called uninvolved, clean or clear)? If not, what more will be done?
    • Tell me about breast reconstruction. If I decide I want reconstruction, when can I have it (at the same time as the mastectomy or at a later date)? What are the risks? What about prosthesis options? Who else should I see to discuss and plan for reconstruction or prosthesis?
    • How often will I have check-ups and follow-up tests after treatment ends?
    • Will a follow-up care plan be prepared for me?
    • Which health care provider is in charge of my follow-up care?
    • Is there a clinical trial enrolling people with DCIS? If so, how can I learn more?
    • Will the tissue removed during surgery be saved? Where will it be stored? For how long? How can it be accessed in the future? To learn more about breast pathology practices, read our report.

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    Updated 03/18/16



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