Stage zero breast cancer: Types, spread, and treatment
But if you do get cancer, being diagnosed at Stage 0 might be considered a best-case scenario. More women are diagnosed with breast cancer than with any other cancer in this country. This year, an estimated , women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, with 63, of those women being diagnosed with "in situ" breast cancer, often referred to as Stage 0. It is also thought that some DCIS may change or grow into invasive breast cancer. While DCIS is more common in women, according to the American Cancer Society, it accounts for about 1 in 10 cases of breast cancer in men. People who have DCIS are considered at greater risk for the cancer coming back or for developing a new breast cancer. According to Breastcancer.
Shelley Hwang. Active surveillance could be a viable alternative to surgery and radiation for some women with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, according to a new mathematical model. The watch-and-wait approach is a particularly good option for older women and women with other serious health problems, researchers say, adding that accurate staging at the time of diagnosis would markedly improve any approach. More than 50, women a year in the United States are diagnosed with DCIS, which is considered the earliest form of breast cancer, and most women who are diagnosed—97 percent—undergo aggressive treatment.
The following are treatment options for stage 0 non-invasive, or in situ breast cancer. Your healthcare team will suggest treatments based on your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan. Ductal carcinoma in situ DCIS is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. Surgery is the main treatment for DCIS.