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|12/22/2011||Hi, A friend of mine, 44, was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in situ, non-invasive, by needle biopsy. Had a partial mastectomy. MRI, prior to mastectomy showed no residual disease. Pathology of breast tissue from mastectomy was negative for disease. Her surgeon and oncologist are both recommending Radiation therapy and Hormone therapy. Question: Does she need those two therapies? Can she avoid hormone therapy in her situation, as she is worried about the side-effects. Thank you|
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|12/22/2011||To determine these types of decisions truly requires a consultation. If however someone has stage 0 breast cancer and did mastectomy surgery then it is unusual to do radiation. hormonal therapy is given usually for DCIS that is ER positive. the purpose being to protect the other breast. she needs consultation with a medical oncologist next.the medical oncologist can tell her if the tumor is hormone receptor positive or not as well as calculate for her the degree of reduction of risk she would receive by taking tamoxifen.|
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