About 60,000 people are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) each year—accounting for one out of every five new breast cancers. While nearly all DCIS is curable, treatment plays an important role in preventing breast cancer recurrence (coming back).
At Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, we understand the importance of finding breast cancer early. We have the experience and expertise to detect small tumors in the earliest stages. Our specialized breast cancer team works with you to personalize your care and offer the most effective treatment.
What Is Ductal Carcinoma in Situ?
DCIS is cancer found in the milk ducts of the breast. It is the only noninvasive type of breast cancer, meaning it has not spread to surrounding tissue or other parts of the body (metastatic breast cancer). DCIS is the earliest stage of breast cancer (stage 0).
Detecting Stage 0 Breast Cancer
DCIS is typically detected through breast cancer screening. The number of people diagnosed with DCIS has increased as more women get yearly mammograms.
While you may notice a lump or slight nipple discharge, DCIS rarely presents with the usual symptoms of breast cancer. DCIS may become invasive if left untreated, so finding it early is important.
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DCIS: The Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Advantage
We offer a full range of services for all stages and types of breast cancer. Our comprehensive care includes:
- Exact diagnosis: To ensure accuracy, two pathologists (physicians who study body tissue) review every breast cancer diagnosis. These dedicated physicians have experience and in-depth knowledge of breast tissue.
- Quick coordination of care: You’ll connect with a certified breast cancer nurse navigator immediately. This navigator will be by your side every step of the way, answering your questions, coordinating your appointments and attending those appointments with you whenever possible. Our team strives to meet with you within just a few days of your diagnosis. Meet our breast cancer team.
- Team-based approach: Our oncologists work together to create a personalized treatment plan for you. They address every aspect of your care, taking your diagnosis, lifestyle and wishes into consideration.
- Compassionate support: Our breast cancer team works together to address every aspect of your care. We offer extensive breast cancer support services to manage any side effects of treatment.
- Care close to home: We make expert cancer care convenient. All breast cancer treatments and surgeries take place in Lancaster at locations including the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and Lancaster General Hospital. Learn more about our breast cancer care locations.
Our Approach to DCIS Treatment
We treat DCIS quickly before it becomes invasive breast cancer. Your care team works with you to develop an effective treatment plan tailored to you. Breast cancer treatment at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health may include:
Request an Appointment
To make an appointment at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, call 717-544-9400 or request a callback using our online form.