Dr. Harness shares what the treatments are for ductal carcinoma in situ (a type of tumor which primarily presents in the ducts of a gland).
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Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Treatments Well the good news is certainly in countries and places in the world that does breast screening that the vast majority of In Situ breast cancer is found by mammogram, by screening mammogram. And typical patient with In Situ breast cancer needs to have that small area of their breast removed surgically. Sometimes we have to have radiation therapy to it. Sometimes surgery alone maybe good enough there are other instances of needing actually antihormone therapy in addition to surgery and radiation therapy. It’s really important for people to remember there are hundreds of different kinds of breast cancer. And so the therapy really needs to be tailor made to size, the type. In In Situ breast cancer, there are fundamentally three types. A Low Grade which is a very benign sort of pattern, Intermediate Grade and High Grade. High grade is potentially dangerous. High grade can go on to a very high grade kind of invasive cancer. So the treatments are really tailor made to what we find in a specific patient.