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

Carrera, Cristina and Payne, Sheila (1999) Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast : the need for psycho-social research. Psycho-Oncology, 8 (6). pp. 538-545. ISSN 1057-9249

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Abstract

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 Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Southampton; Webb, C. and Koch, T. 1997.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).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Psycho-Oncology
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32470
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2010 10:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:11
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32470

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