Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Treatment Options
Treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is often very successful, since DCIS breast cancer is a non-invasive early stage of cancer and can usually be completely cured. However, because it may end up spreading if left untreated, patients who believe they may have DCIS, or intraductal carcinoma, should seek proper diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional. And, since intraductal carcinoma does not often display symptoms but is visible on a mammogram, it is generally recommended for individuals to undergo regular breast cancer screenings beginning in their 40s.
A treatment plan for DCIS breast cancer may include one or more of the following:
- A simple, or total, mastectomy, which is performed by removing the entirety of the affected breast and the nipple while leaving behind the lymph nodes beneath the arm and the muscle tissue beneath the breast
- Breast-conserving surgery, or a lumpectomy, which is the removal of only the area of the breast that contains the cancer while saving as much of the rest of the breast as possible
- Brachytherapy, or internal radiation, which involves placing radioactive pellets or seeds into the area of the breast tissue where the cancer is located
- External beam radiation therapy, which is the most common radiation therapy for breast cancer and consists of beaming high-energy rays or particles directly at the cancer cells from outside
Any patients seeking treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ or any other forms of breast cancer can schedule an appointment at Tampa General Hospital the development of an individualized treatment plan. Our multidisciplinary team includes cancer specialists and other medical professionals who are committed to providing cutting-edge treatment and compassionate care.