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What is a valid option other than surgery for treating stage zero breast cancer?

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Some experts believe “watchful waiting” is another valid option. About one third of  the women with ductal carcinoma in situ will get invasive cancer. Your doctor might suggest that you skip immediate treatment and keep a close eye on your condition instead. It’s controversial. If you have surgery (and maybe radiation) right away, you might protect yourself from ever getting invasive cancer. Or you could end up going through painful procedures for no good reason. But if you skip surgery and radiation at first and choose to get more frequent screening tests, there's a chance you'll end up with cancer that's more advanced (and harder to treat) by the time doctors find it. It's a choice only you and your doctor can make.

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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