DCIS is NOT Cancer!

“DCIS is not cancer, so why are we calling it cancer and always treating it like it is cancer?”

These are the words of Dr. Laura Esserman, Director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of California, San Francisco. She posed this question while speaking at the Australian Breast Cancer Conference in Melbourne.

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“DCIS is not an emergency,” Dr. Esserman said. “It’s something that creates an environment where cancer may arise over the next 10-20 years, yet patients are being told they need surgery in the next fortnight.”

Dr. Esserman is a member of an expert US panel advising the National Cancer Institute which, in July this year, published recommendations in the Journal of the American Medical Association that included a call to rename precancerous conditions such as DCIS.

They recommended that new terminology should be used that does not include the word “cancer” so that patients would be less fearful and less likely to have potentially unneeded and harmful treatments, including surgery and radiation.

Dr. Esserman said there was clear evidence that a watch-and-wait approach, especially if combined with medicines that prevent hormone positive breast cancer, is appropriate for low-grade DCIS.

Excerpted from article: US surgeon calls for a rethink of DCIS

About dp4peace

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Glenn & I live in San Diego with our two boys: Skyler, the yogi and Cody, the buddha! I enjoy running, yoga and working on projects that bring more peace, health and light to our world.
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One Response to DCIS is NOT Cancer!

  1. Pingback: I can’t believe it’s not Cancer! I wish I had a Tardis. | My Cancer Vacation

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