Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a stage 0 breast cancer that has been in the news of late because many cancer doctors are rethinking the way it should be treated. Dr. Shelley Hwang, MD, a Duke breast surgeon, has been at the forefront of these discussions. In the October 12, 2015, issue of TIME magazine, Hwang joins other leading breast cancer doctors in explaining why women have been massively overtreated for this type of breast cancer, often being told they need extensive radiation and chemotherapy. Some even opt to undergo mastectomy to reduce their anxiety.
Hwang said new research shows active surveillance -- following the cancer closely with regular screenings -- may be a better approach for some women.