CaSfA - Cancer Support for All
News from CaSfA's Director

October 2015

The DCIS Controversy

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ is diagnosed by examination of the biopsy of breast tumor.  The cancer cells are within the milk ducts and have not invaded the underlying tissue.  It is classified as Stage 0 breast cancer.  The incidence of DCIS has increased with the widespread use of screening mammography and it now accounts for 20-30% of all newly diagnosed breast cancers.
 
The treatment of DCIS has become controversial.  Even the name is a source of controversy.  Some believe it should not be called cancer at all, since it doesn’t involve tissue invasion.

Loved Ones' Perspectives

Cancer doesn't just affect the patient.  It affects our loved ones too.  I recently read two very moving essays by loved ones and caregivers of cancer survivors.  Read them:  
http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2015/10/how-to-care-for-a-partner-with-cancer/
http://www.sarah-levy.com/blog-1/2015/10/7/mymomhercancerandme

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