Radiotherapy For Dcis Of The Breast

Grant number: 454390 | Funding period: 2007 - 2011

Completed

Abstract

Treatment of ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS), a preinvasive form of breast cancer, is aimed at preventing invasive cancer recurrence. Women with higher-risk DCIS have an increased risk of recurrence. This study aims to individualise treatment for women with DCIS to achieve long-term tumour control with minimal treatment toxicity. After local excision of DCIS, radiotherapy (RT) to the whole breast reduces the recurrence rate. However, it is unclear if escalating radiation dose to the tumour bed in higher-risk women increases tumour control. It is also uncertain if giving fewer but larger radiation doses over 3-4 weeks would achieve the same tumour control as the standard 5-7 week course of RT..

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