Is ductal carcinoma in situ really breast cancer? Can lifestyle, nutrition or supplements affect its course or occurrence?

Precancerous. Carcinoma in-situ is just one step short of cancer. There is no scientific evidence for or against life style changes altering the course of in-situ lesions. You may engage in life style changes that promote a healthy life style but should not omit conventional treatment. Steve jobs low grade cancer became fatal while he tried to treat it by alternative methods. See your doctor.
DCIS. We dont consider dcis as an invasive breast cancer- rather we consider this as a precancer condition./ a non-invasive breast cancer- localized only on the duct or stage t0. You are right -there are a lot of factors that perhaps can contribute to development of cancer- like lifestyle/habits (smoking/alcohol, lack of exercise), nutrition/diet (certain food/amino acids that is carcinogenic) etc.
Another point. In addition to all of the other answers, there are some new ideas about this problem. The danger with this disease is that you are more likely to get invasive cancers. There is a recently developed test that can give a much better idea of who will get invasive cancer, and who benefits from radiation.
Yes and No. Ductal carcinoma in situ is basically a cancer which has not yet become invasive. The only way to treat this is to get rid of it before it turns into an invasive cancer. Because it is detected early, surgery provides a high rate of cure.
YES. Ductal carcinoma in situ means that the cancer is there in the duct but it has not invaded into the surrounding tissues of the breast. This means it was found early. Can living a healthy lifestyle help? Yes it can but it cannot fix it. Get this removed before it becomes a more progressive invasive cancer.

Related Questions

How do I know I have invasive ductal carcinoma versus inflammatory breast cancer?

Biopsy. First, the physical examination of the rare form of inflammatory breast cancer will show diffuse red swelling of the skin of much of the breast. Biopsy of the breast skin would show cancer cells in the skin lymphatics. Invasive ductal breast cancer is contained in the breast tissues and not spreading into the breast skin.
Breast cancer. The tissue from surgery or biopsy is sent to a pathologist to be looked at under a microscope. The pathologist looks at the slide and determines the type of breast cancer.
Your doc. Inflammatory breast cancer is what is called a "clinical diagnosis". This means that there is not one exact test that confirms ibc. A doctor has to take all the information together-- exam, pathology, skin biopsy, symptoms-- and make the diagnosis. What I can say is that inflammatory breast cancer is not quiet, so you and your doctor will know if that's what you have! It's painful!
Dermal lymphatic inv. Inflammatory breast cancer is a very aggressive and rare firm of breast cancer that is defined by invasion of the dermal lymphatic channels in ones skin. This presents as a red spreading rash on the skin and may or may not be associated with an actual mass in the breast. Skin biopsy is used to diagnose it. Aggressive tx includes chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiation. Reconstruction possible.

For oncologists, I am a pharmacist I want to know Invasive ductal carcinoma in which stage of breast cancer?

1 or more. Once the tumor has turned invasive, there is a possibility that it will cause death, so that it needs a stage of at least one. Some of the preinvasive lesions get a zero. Only when it's been determined how far the cancer has gotten can we narrow in on the exact stage. The oncologists will tell you the same.
It is a cancer. The stage depends on the size of the tumor as well as involvement of lymph nodes in the axilla. It is at least stage 1 cancer but could be higher stage if the nodes are positive or the tumor is bigger than 2cm.
Could be any stage. Once invasive could be any stage depending on spread in a " in situ " cancer (Stage 0)the cancer cells are staying in side the duct, almost like sleeping inside milk dicts (dormant) once they break out from limiting (holding) membrane and comes our of duct then termed as invasive cancer the staging begins like Stage I and on to other stages. II, III. IV. Good Luck in your profe.
Invasive ductal CA. Invasive ductal refers only to the type of tumor. Stage involves lymph node sampling and size of tumor. Please read the info on this link: http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/healthprofessional/page3.

Does having ductal carcinoma mean that you have breast cancer?

Yes. Ductal carcinoma is one of the kinds of cancer that originate in the breast. If it's about you, don't be scared. Make sure you see a good team of docs with expertise in this field.

What are the survival statistics for breast cancer invasive ductal carcinoma?

Depends. There are many factors needed to know, not just the cell type. It depends on tumor size, lymph node status, and possible dna cell type evaluation. Need to review all the reports with your oncologist to get accurate information on the expected results with proper treatments.
It depends on many f. Most women with localized breast cancer do very well and there is high cure rate. Overall 75%-80% of breast cancers are curable. But you need to know what stage of cancer it is? You should also know what subtype (there are 3 different types) of breast cancer it is. Further there is the matter of what type of adjuvant therapy (post surgery treatment) was used. I'am sure your oncologist can answeryr.

Is it possible during treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma that you could also develop inflammatory breast cancer?

Need more details. It is unusual to be faced with this question because invasive cancer simply means the cancer is real and not in-situ (stage-0) any more. Inflammatory cancer is one type of invasive cancer. Other types are called invasive ductal carcinoma or invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast.
Yes. It can happen if the tumor is resistant to the current therapy. Rare but it does occur so regular follow up is important. Hope this helps.

What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

Odds are low. But it is still possible to have both. Risk of having papillary thyroid before forty is about 13/100, 000. Risk of having breast Ca is about 11/100, 000. The overlap of the two independent events is slightly less than 1 in a million.