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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Breast Cancer - Carcinoma in Situ

(stage 0)

, Version 1.2016

How to use this book

Who should read this book?

This book is about care of women with

carcinoma in situ. 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.

Where should I start

reading?

Starting with Part 1 may be helpful. It explains

what carcinoma in situ—stage 0 breast cancer—

is. Understanding the disease will help you

understand its treatment. Read Part 2 to learn

what health care is advised for LCIS. Treatment

for DCIS is covered in Part 3. Tips for making

treatment decisions are presented in Part 4.

Does the whole book apply

to me?

This book includes information for many

situations. Your treatment team can help. They

can point out what information applies to you.

They can also 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 and treatments based on your health

and other factors. If other recommendations

are given, feel free to ask your treatment team

questions.

Making sense of medical

terms

In this book, many medical words are included.

These are words that you will likely hear from

your treatment team. Most of these words 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

Dictionary

. Words in the

Dictionary

are underlined when first used on a page.

Acronyms are also defined when first used

and in the

Glossary

. Acronyms are short words

formed from the first letters of several words.

One example is LCIS for

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obular

c

arcinoma

i

n

s

itu.