Chemotherapy and DCIS

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. The drugs are usually given intravenously (by injection into a vein), and as a course of treatment lasting a few days. This is followed by a rest period of a few weeks which allows the body to recover from any side effects of the treatment. The number of courses that are given depend on the type of cancer and how well it is responding to the drugs. Treatment is usually given as an out-patient.

Women who have been diagnosed with DCIS do not need to have chemotherapy.

A doctor explains why women with DCIS do not need chemotherapy.

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One of the women we spoke with had chemotherapy because she had invasive breast cancer in one breast and DCIS in the other.

Maisie didnt have most of the side effects she had been told about, though she felt tired after…

Age at interview 51

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 51

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More experiences of chemotherapy can be found on the Healthtalk Breast Cancer site.

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