Who should read this book?
This book is about care of women with stage 0
breast cancer. Patients and those who support
them—caregivers, family, and friends—may find
this book helpful. It may help you talk with your
treatment team, understand what doctors say,
and prepare for treatment.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes information for many
situations. Thus, not everyone will get every test
and treatment listed. Your treatment team can
point out what applies to you and give you more
information. As you read through this book, you
may find it helpful to make a list of questions to
ask your doctors.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be
right for you. Your doctors may suggest other
tests or treatments based on your health and
other factors. If other tests or treatments are
suggested, feel free to ask your treatment team
Making sense of medical
n this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Most of the information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase
that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Words in the
are underlined when first used in a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are words
formed from the first letters of other words. One
example is LCIS for
How to use this book
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Stage 0 Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014