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When is a mastectomy done for the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ?

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  • You and your doctors may decide that a mastectomy to remove the breast is the best course of treatment if you have any of the following: A strong family history of breast cancer
  • A gene mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer
  • Very large areas of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • DCIS lesions located in multiple areas throughout your breast
  • Inability to tolerate radiation therapy

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "DCIS - Ductal Carcinoma In Situ," "Invasive ductal carcinoma," “Treatment for DCIS.”

National Cancer Institute: "Ductal Carcinoma In Situ."

American Cancer Society: "What is breast cancer?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "DCIS - Ductal Carcinoma In Situ," "Invasive ductal carcinoma," “Treatment for DCIS.”

National Cancer Institute: "Ductal Carcinoma In Situ."

American Cancer Society: "What is breast cancer?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 27, 2019

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