NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Carcinoma in Situ
, 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
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
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
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
Making sense of medical
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
. Words in the
are underlined when first used on a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are short words
formed from the first letters of several words.
One example is LCIS for