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    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 treatment decisions?
    • Am I a candidate for lumpectomy (breast conserving surgery)?
    • If I have 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 tamoxifen therapy? Are there alternatives to tamoxifen?
    • Were my tumor margins negative (uninvolved, clean, clear)? If not, what more will be done?
    • If I have a mastectomy, can breast reconstruction be done at the time of surgery, as well as later? How much later can it be done? Can you refer me to a reconstructive surgeon?
    • If I choose not to have reconstruction, what types of prostheses are available? Where can I find them? Will my insurance cover the cost?
    • What is my follow-up care? Which health care provider is in charge of this 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 03/21/14


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