Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast :...
View graph of relations

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast : the need for psycho-social research.

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/1999
Issue number6
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)538-545
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Since the introduction of the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP), the number of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) cases has increased considerably. Despite its increased incidence, some NHS leaflets and reports do not mention it, and the general public seems largely unaware of its existence. There are numerous biological studies dealing with this condition, but its psychosocial aspects seem to have been neglected. We have only been able to locate two British studies (Farmer, A. 1996. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Southampton; Webb, C. and Koch, T. 1997. J. Adv. Nurs., 25, 154-525) that address some of the psychosocial issues associated with DCIS. This paper starts by defining DCIS and explaining its usual presentation, natural history and epidemiology. The treatment options for DCIS are described, together with the great deal of confusion and lack of agreement that accompanies them. The psychological issues that women with screen-detected DCIS have to deal with are different from those affecting women diagnosed with symptomatic breast cancer, and a summary of these issues is given. Finally, some suggestions for future psychosocial research are provided. Because the UK as a whole was not covered by the NHSBSP until 1990 (Baum, M. 1995. Lancet, 346, 436; Gage and Fouquet, 1997), the main focus will be on papers published from that year onwards, although some key papers published before then will also be included. The papers reviewed here were found in MEDLINE, EMBASE and BIDS (ISI).