Overtreating DCIS

March 18, 2014
Henry M. Kuerer, MD, PhD, FACS

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

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.

  • 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