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are there different types of dcis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Dcis may be classified into different types based upon the pattern of growth when viewed under a microscope. These include comedo, papillary, cribiform, and solid. The comedo form tends to have the highest potential for becoming invasive if left untreated. Dcis may also be classified by how rapidly the cancer cells are dividing; this is referred to as the grade of the cancer.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
And all DCIS is Stage 0
Oct 4, 2011
Dr. Archibald Miller
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Cancer of breast: Dcis is ducal carcinoma in situ. This means there is an early cancer inside a breast duct, but it is isolated in the duct. This means that it has specific treatments available, and has a better prognosis.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How is lcis is different from dcis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Risk factor v cancer: Dcis is a pre-cancerous condition that, if left untreated, could turn into a cancer. It is often detected by mammography. Lcis is not pre-cancerous, however, women who are found to have lcis are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer (in either breast). It is usually not detectable by mammography and is often found incidentally at the time of biopsy.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why does dcis become invasive?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Unknown: If we knew the answer to this question, women with dcis would not all need surgery! about 50% of dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ), if left untreated, will go on to become invasive cancer. Certain genes in the dcis cells get "turned on", making them invasive, but we don't know what makes this switch happen.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you determine or detect dcis with palpable mass?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Biopsy: A needle biopsy may be performed under local anesthesia in an office setting without much pain. Dcis can only be diagnosed by direct tissue examination.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
And if a needle biopsy is negative, a full excisional biopsy (a small surgery) may be needed.
Oct 4, 2011
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Agree
Mar 18, 2013
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Agree, removal gives more tissue for histology as well
Mar 18, 2013
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is radiation treatment necessary or required for dcis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Sometimes.: The primary treatment for dcis is surgical: either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Following a lumpectomy, radiation therapy is often recommended, depending on the type of dcis, the size, and the age of the patient.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment options for treating dcis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Surgery +/- RT: First-line therapy for dcis is surgery, which may involve a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, depending upon the growth pattern of the dcis. Following lumpectomy, radiation therapy (rt) is often recommended to lower the risk of cancer recurrence. Furthermore, tamoxifen may be recommended to prevent a second breast cancer from developing.

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