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Do you need to treat stage zero breast cancer?

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If you’re diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, your pathology report will come with a grade. Grade 3 is the most likely to spread; grade 1 is the least likely. You should also have a test to see if your cancer cells have estrogen receptors. (Your doctor might call this ER-positive or ER+.) If they do, it's a sign that your cancer might progress more slowly. Meanwhile, your doctor may suggest that you get genetic testing. It can find changes in your genes that may boost your breast cancer risk. What happens next depends on all of these factors, as well as your personal choice. Most experts agree that you should get some type of treatment. Even though stage 0 cancer is noninvasive, that could change.

From: Understanding Stage 0 Breast Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Breast Cancer Survival Rates, by Stage,” "How is Breast Cancer Classified?" “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” “Understanding Your Pathology Report,” "Breast Cancer."

NIH National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms,” “Paget Disease of the Breast.”

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stages 0 and 1.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS).”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Breast Cancer Carcinoma in Situ.”

UT Southwestern Medical Center: “Personalized Treatment is Key for Stage 0 Breast Cancer.”

Prescrire International , December 2013.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Breast Cancer Survival Rates, by Stage,” "How is Breast Cancer Classified?" “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” “Understanding Your Pathology Report,” "Breast Cancer."

NIH National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms,” “Paget Disease of the Breast.”

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stages 0 and 1.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS).”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Breast Cancer Carcinoma in Situ.”

UT Southwestern Medical Center: “Personalized Treatment is Key for Stage 0 Breast Cancer.”

Prescrire International , December 2013.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

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