An informational web site presented by the
Cancer Prevention Institute of California
We know that ductal carcinoma in situ,
or DCIS the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer
is frightening and difficult for those who are diagnosed
with the disease, as well as for their families and friends. We
hope the information in this web site will help you understand
DCIS (also known as intraductal carcinoma), make informed medical
decisions, and cope with the new world that those with DCIS face.
Many people have said that a DCIS diagnosis
is like entering Alice's wonderland at first, everything
is confusing. Medical terms and routines are bewildering, treatments
are scary, and emotions can get out of control. You can navigate
through this foreign landscape. Don't be afraid to ask for help,
demand the care and attention that you need from your medical
and support teams, and take time to do things for yourself.
We have tried not to overwhelm you some readers
will want more information in terms of quantity and technicality,
others will find this more than enough. Hopefully, we will provide
all readers with a better understanding of DCIS. We encourage
you to talk with your doctor until you are comfortable with the
information you have and with your decision. For those of you
who want even more information, we have provided additional
This Web site focuses only on DCIS, not on invasive
breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer refers to cancer cells that
have moved out of the original site, are not centered within the duct, and have the potential to spread to other tissues in the body.
The information provided in this web site will be
updated regularly, so check in from time to time.
An important statistic to remember: The
survival rate for women with DCIS is very good nearly 100%.
Last update: June 2011