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No one wants their doctor to say "cancer" or anything akin to it. But with a stage 0 diagnosis, you're facing the best-case scenario by catching it early. Work closely with your doctor to formulate the treatment plan that's best for you and move forward with the knowledge that what you have is not only treatable but highly curable. Get honest information, the latest research, and support for you or a loved one with breast cancer right to your inbox.
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Is surgery the right decision for women with DCIS?
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When caught and treated at stage 0, these cases have an excellent prognosis. The two types of stage 0 breast cancer are:.
M0: X-rays or other imaging tests have concluded that cancer has not spread to other parts of the body metastasized. Numerous factors will affect your treatment plan. Some of these include:. Hormone status Genetic risk Menopausal status Personal preferences. Breast Cancer Doctor Discussion Guide Get our printable guide for your next doctor's appointment to help you ask the right questions.
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Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
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Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Although not life-threatening, DCIS can require the same treatment and cause the same stress as advanced cancers. When Fox's oncologist tried to reassure her by saying her DCIS was not "real cancer," she responded, "It's close enough!