DCIS BY THE NUMBERS: For thoughtful Treatment Decisions

In medicine, we have a tendency to get too enthusiastic about a technique and overuse it. This has happened with the treatment of D.C.I.S.”

Dr. Otis W. Brawley

Chief Medical Officer at the American Cancer Society

Dr. Susan Love Foundation about DCIS



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Dr. Shelly Hwang, Duke University, on DCIS



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Questions and Answers

There is a lot your doctor does not know about Ductal Carcinoma In Situ and mounting evidence that the majority (possibly the vast majority) of DCIS cases are NOT life threatening, and many are harmless. There are currently three studies evaluating whether “Active Surveillance” or “Watchful Waiting” may be best for some patients. We have also provided at the end a list of specialists known to have an open mind regarding active surveillance and the controversy surrounding DCIS treatment


This website exists as a result of one DCIS patient but we hope it reaches many.

“I had to pause and reflect. My surgeon’s recommendations had evolved from offering a double mastectomy, to then suggesting a single breast lumpectomy, and finally agreeing that active surveillance was “reasonable”. This all because I asked questions and push back.”

Articles Research

“Because of the noninvasive nature of DCIS, coupled with its favorable prognosis, strong consideration should be given to remove the anxiety-producing term “carcinoma” (cancer) from the description of DCIS.”

The 2009 National Institute of Health, State-of-the-Science conference on DCIS final panel statement

Articles that frame the basic issues and controversy surrounding DCIS treatment

DCIS Questions Answers Comments


“I think the best way to treat D.C.I.S. is to do nothing.”

Steven Narod, MD, Senior Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute

World-leader in the field of breast and ovarian cancer.

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