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.

Boxout_Laura_Esserman_400_413-(1)“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 Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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1 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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