Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer

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420-info-graphic-war-on-cancer.imgcache.rev1333467772954The diagnosis process for cancer patients can be a daunting experience for patients and their families.  A group of cancer research experts is looking to eliminate the word cancer from diagnosis, in hopes of changing the nation’s approach to cancer detection and treatment.   The National Cancer Institutewere published on Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. They say, for instance, that some premalignant conditions, like one that affects the breast called ductal carcinoma in situ, which many doctors agree is not cancer, should be renamed to exclude the word carcinoma so that patients are less frightened and less likely to seek what may be unneeded and potentially harmful treatments that can include the surgical removal of the breast.

The group suggested that many lesions detected during breast, prostate, thyroid, lung and other cancer screenings should not be called cancer at all but should instead be reclassified as IDLE conditions, which stands for “indolent lesions of epithelial origin.  The measures taken by these doctors can help patients deal with their existing conditions and they don’t have to worry about the dreaded word cancer.

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