Should We Rename DCIS?

Ductal carcinoma in situ was all over the news this week, after the Journal of the American Medical Association published “Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer, An Opportunity for Improvement.” This is a good, and necessary, conversation. DCIS was front and center as one of the prime candidates for overtreatment, and the panel proposed renaming it . . . → Read More: Should We Rename DCIS?

What’s In A Name? Cancer – or Indolent Lesions of Epithelial Origin

“What’s In A Name? Cancer – or Indolent Lesions of Epithelial Origin.” By Jody Schoger, Michael S. Cowher, M.D., and Deanna J. Attai, M.D., F.A.C.S., BCSMCommunity.org.

What’s in a name? In the case of cancer, there are myths, fears and misinformation – more than perhaps any other illness. Cancer encompasses hundreds of different diseases and . . . → Read More: What’s In A Name? Cancer – or Indolent Lesions of Epithelial Origin

Book Review and Analysis -- From Zero to Mastectomy: What I Learned and You Need to Know About Stage 0 Breast Cancer

At age 52, Jackie Fox was diagnosed with DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ, a form of breast cancer labeled stage zero, compared to stages 1 to 4. This slim book is an up-close and personal story of Fox’s roller coaster journey — from the moment her doctor gave her the diagnosis, telling her it was . . . → Read More: Book Review and Analysis — From Zero to Mastectomy: What I Learned and You Need to Know About Stage 0 Breast Cancer

“Carcinoma”: What’s in a name?

As part of a National Cancer Institute working group, Dr. Laura J. Esserman MD, MBA of Mt Zion Carol Franc Buck Breast Cancer Center along with colleagues Ian Thompson MD of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Brian Reid MD, PhD of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, . . . → Read More: “Carcinoma”: What’s in a name?

Definition of Cancer Should Be Tightened, Scientists Say

“Definition of Cancer Should Be Tightened, Scientists Say.” By Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times.

A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some common diagnoses.

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Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?

“Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?” By Christine Norton and Karen Sepucha, Health News Review).

Health News Review evaluates health reporting on medical interventions from the top ten circulating newspapers in the United States. The evaluation is based on established criteria related to costs of the intervention, quantification of benefits and harms, critical evaluation of . . . → Read More: Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?