ONCAlert | 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Overtreating DCIS

Henry M. Kuerer, MD, PhD, FACS
Published Online: 4:50 PM, Mon March 17, 2014
Henry M. Kuerer, MD, PhD, FACS, professor of surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the overtreatment of DCIS.

Clinical Pearls

  • 60,000-65,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year, though it is believed that many are overtreated
  • It is difficult to determine which patients will progress to invasive breast cancer
  • In order to get a better understanding of the disease process, researchers are testing the use of promising agents before surgery

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