I’ve recently been diagnosed with DCIS; what are my treatment options? Once you’ve been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, your doctor will discuss potential treatment options with you. Often, these include lumpectomy or conservative breast surgery, says Dr. Rick Baehner, Director of Pathology at Genomic Health. Following [...]
What changes in the breast can I expect after lumpectomy? After lumpectomy, there are several common changes that you may feel and see in your breasts, says Dr. Julie Billar. Immediately after surgery, these changes can include stitches and numbness. There may also be swelling and redness in the breast [...]
Can you tell me about a recent patient experience with the DCIS score? The DCIS score can help patients and physicians work together to determine whether or not chemotherapy will be beneficial, based on a personal assay taken at the time of surgery. That tumor assay is then analyzed, and [...]
I’m newly diagnosed with DCIS. Who do I ask for the DCIS test? You’ve just been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and feel that you may be eligible for the DCIS test. The DCIS test can help determine the likelihood of recurrence, which can help you and your [...]
Am I eligible for the DCIS test? The DCIS test, or Oncotype DX test, is a genetic test that is administered after breast cancer surgery, such as lumpectomy. The test examines a patient’s breast cancer tumor tissue at a molecular level, and gives information about the individual breast cancer diagnosis. [...]
Many patients have questions about brachytherapy. Who is a candidate for it? What exactly is it? Why is it used? What are the benefits of brachytherapy? Generally, brachytherapy is ideal for those with small, localized diseases, such as breast cancer.