Can DCIS be palpable?
Although it is uncommon, DCIS may present as a palpable mass in up to 10% of all cases. These palpable DCIS may harbor invasive disease in up to 26% of cases.
Can you feel ductal carcinoma?
Medullary Ductal Carcinoma – This type of cancer is rare and only three to five percent of breast cancers are diagnosed as medullary ductal carcinoma. The tumor usually shows up on a mammogram and it does not always feel like a lump; rather it can feel like a spongy change of breast tissue.
Does DCIS have a lump?
Although DCIS does not usually come with a noticeable lump, the doctor may be able to feel an abnormal growth in the breast, such as a small, hardened spot, during a physical examination.
What is considered a large area of DCIS?
The mean length of the largest dimension of DCIS was 1.4 cm (range, 0.3–5.4 cm).
Should I have a mastectomy for DCIS?
Mastectomy involves removal of the whole breast and is usually recommended if the DCIS affects a large area of the breast, if it has not been possible to get a clear area of normal tissue around the DCIS by wide local excision, or if there is more than one area of DCIS.
What happens if DCIS is left untreated?
If DCIS is left untreated, it can go on to become an invasive cancer, so it is often called a pre-cancer.