Ductal Carcinoma Cancer (DCIS)
There are many different breast cancer types, symptoms and causes, and treatments.
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.