Taking Charge of Your Care

If you have been diagnosed with either ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or early-stage invasive breast cancer, you may feel frightened or overwhelmed by the challenges of understanding your diagnosis and choosing your breast cancer treatment. At this difficult time, it is important for you to know:

  • Early-stage breast cancer is treatable. Over the last several decades, doctors have made great strides in the treatment of breast cancer, and most women live normal lives after appropriate treatment.1
  • You have time. Breast cancer is not a medical emergency. You can take the time to consider your care and treatment.
  • You can take charge. You should gather as much information as you can about your diagnosis and possible breast cancer treatment options in order to make a more informed decision about your care.

This website offers information that may help you understand the unique nature of your breast cancer and to empower you with the tools and information you need to confidently choose your course of treatment.

Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In order to make the best cancer treatment decision for you, it is important that you take an active role in learning all that you can about your individual cancer.
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Treating Invasive Breast Cancer (Stage I-IIIa)

There are several treatment options for early-stage invasive breast cancer after surgery. Find out about the factors that can influence your treatment choice, including the role of the Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score test.
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Understanding Lymph Node-Positive Breast Cancer (Stage I-IIIA)

If a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer has node-positive disease, their cancer has spread from their original tumor to the underarm lymph nodes. Although these women used to routinely receive chemotherapy following surgery, recent research advances suggest that not all women with node-positive disease will benefit from chemotherapy.2 Learn More »

Understanding DCIS Breast Cancer (Stage 0)

DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ, affects an estimated 50,000 women in the U.S. each year3, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed breast conditions. Learn more about DCIS and the difference between DCIS and invasive breast cancer. Learn More »

Treating DCIS Breast Cancer (Stage 0)

A couple therapies could be recommended following following surgery for DCIS (non-invasive) breast cancer. Find out about the factors that can influence your treatment choice, including the role of the Oncotype DX Breast DCIS Score test.
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Male Breast Cancer

Breast cancer in men is a rare disease, but it does occur. To help determine your best treatment option, you should gather as much relevant information as you can about your type of breast cancer.
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1 Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, American Cancer Society; 2017-2018.
2 Albain et al. Lancet Oncol. 2010.
3 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2015.