Posted 8/19/2013 by hhill
Is it or is it not cancer? What is the proper name for (what is now called) Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) or its close cousin Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS)? A recent report from the NCI suggests that the name should be changed, and "cancer" taken away? ( http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52615855/#52615855
). This report focused on over diagnosis, and DCIS was not the only diagnosis that was criticized for its name. Interestingly, virtually all studies looking at women's anxiety after a breast cancer diagnosis have found that women with DCIS are just as anxious as women with an invasive breast caner. That is unfortunate and just not necessary, and, if changing the name would help, I am in favor of it. On the other hand, no one is able yet to confirm which DCIS cells may go on to be invasive and which will happily live in the ducts, causing no harm, forever.