Great news for those confused about Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS). That includes just about everyone, from doctors and researchers, to patients and their families!
Four new projects and resources are available: (https://dcisoptions.org/comet)
1. A new study called COMET just opened that will look at whether women with low-risk DCIS will do just as well with active monitoring (also called Active Surveillance) as those who choose surgery, radiation and/or hormonal therapy.
“The aim of this work is not to try and determine what’s ‘better,’ but rather to quantify the tradeoffs associated with these two approaches to DCIS treatment.” – Dr. Shelley Hwang, Principal Investigator
2. A new website for DCIS also opened this week to help the over 50,000 women per year who are diagnosed with DCIS each year in the U.S. Of course, the site is also available for women worldwide.
3. A new international research project called “Preventing Unnecessary Breast Cancer Treatment” was recently announced to learn how to find DCIS that will not turn into breast cancer so women won’t have to deal with treatment issues.
Together, these projects can tell us how to deal with DCIS, what risk factors may cause approximately 1 in 10 women to develop a later invasive breast cancer, and hopefully, that Active Surveillance works just as well as invasive treatments.
By the way, about 90% of women with DCIS won’t get invasive breast cancer!