Ductal Carcinoma Cancer (DCIS)
What is Ductal Carcinoma (DCIS)?
Ductal carcinoma in situ is an early form of non-invasive breast cancer that starts in the lining of the small milk ducts that eliminate milk from the breast through the nipple.
Invasive ductal carcinoma is a more malignant form of ductal carcinoma where the cancer escapes the duct tubes and can spread around the body.
Signs & Symptoms of Ductal Carcinoma (DCIS)
In most cases, ductal carcinoma in situ has no outward signs or symptoms, and can only be seen on a mammogram as small deposits. A small percentage of women with ductal breast cancer have symptoms that may include a breast lump and / or nipple discharge.
Treatment for Ductal Carcinoma (DCIS)
Most experts consider ductal carcinoma as a pre-cancerous condition that can lead to invasive ductal carcinoma and breast cancer. Treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ has a high likelihood of success.
Generally, treatment options for ductal carcinoma in situ include a lumpectomy and radiation therapy, or a simple mastectomy.
Treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma includes a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.