CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – To treat or not to treat a form of pre-cancer before it turns into breast cancer is a question doctors have.
The pre-cancer is called ductal carcinoma.
Some doctors say the pre-cancer, or ‘stage zero’ cancer, should be treated conservatively. Other doctors say to go after the cancer like any other full-blown cancer. Those doctors say there is too much danger the ductal carcinoma could invade breast tissue and take hold.
“Without treatment, we know that 50 percent of the time, roughly, that these cancers can become invasive cancers, so that’s the reason that we do treat them aggressively and don’t just observe them,” said Dr. Chirag Shah, an oncologist.
A new review from the Cleveland Clinic backs this up.
The standard aggressive approach includes surgery, radiation and endocrine therapy.
Doctors are seeing more of the ductal carcinoma because women are having more mammograms.