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DCIS stage zero breast cancer
Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014 9:09 AM
Joined: 10/10/2014
Posts: 1

I live in Nevada. There is a Cyber Knife facility in Las Vegas but they do not do CK for the breast. My DCIS is very small and non invasive, I am looking for the least invasive " surgery" and radiation for this condition as I am not willing to endure the " traditional" treatment modalities that seem too extreme for my condition. Are there CK centers that provide this treatment for DCIS?
Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014 5:31 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435

As I told you privately, and am repeating here so others can see the answer, the treatment for this is surgical removal of the tumor. FIrst of all, you don't know that it is completely non-invasive until it is completely removed. Second, the reason that surgical removal is considered the standard of care is that we have tried other things that have not worked so well. With DCIS, you can't clearly see the edges of the tumor on the imaging, so you have no idea what to target. When CK is used for invasive cancer, it is done after the tumor is removed so we have a cavity to target. CK cannot be used in your case without surgical removal. If you are unwilling to have that done (probably a bad choice) then your alternative is to wait and see what happens. About 30% of the time you will be fine. About 70% of the time this will become an invasive cancer, require much more aggressive treatment, and cause an excessive chance of your dying from this disease.

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D. Southwest Radiation Oncology

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