The Donahey Law Firm, LLC
Free Consultation: Email


Home of the Million Dollar Verdicts
Offices Menu
Get Your FREE Case Review Talk to a lawyer for free with no obligation. Let’s talk.

FOR SERIOUS INJURIES, Call the Lawyers Other Lawyers CallTM

Stage Zero Cancer: Cause for Concern?

Each year, more than 50,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a non-invasive breast cancer that may never evolve into a more serious condition. On the other hand, these same women are also told that it may lead to surgery, chemotherapy or even death.

Known as "stage zero," the cancer isn't actually in the breast tissue but in the ducts that connect to the nipples. The abnormal cancer cells are present but haven't travelled anywhere, and there's often little chance they will.

Known as DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ, stage zero cancer is 90 percent curable when found. Problems arise, however, when a physician tries to diagnose the early-stage cancer. Subsequent stages, from one to four (with four being the most problematic), serve to describe cancers that have travelled beyond staging areas.

If cancer cells are found in stage zero cancer, doctors differ on treatment. Some, realizing it's not invasive cancer, take a more cautious approach to treatment, while others are far more aggressive and even recommend surgery.

Some doctors prescribe monitoring the patient, while other doctors may suggest a mastectomy to completely remove the breast. The range in treatment of stage zero cancer has left many women questioning their options.

Whatever the diagnosis, experts say it is always best to get a second opinion. In some cases the early-detection diagnosis could be wrong and a woman could go through different treatments and undergo surgeries when the surgery isn't absolutely necessary. In other cases, when the diagnosis is confirmed, chemotherapy and surgery could be far too radical for a cancer that is in its infant stages.

Stage zero cancer can be troublesome for physicians because of the potential malpractice claims. Though at stage zero, the cancer cells are there, and despite the high probability the condition will not worsen, failure to monitor or even take action could lead to a claim if the cells do spread.

Related Resource: New York Times "Prone to Error - Earliest Steps to Find Cancer

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Email Us Your Case Information For A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


The Donahey Law Firm
495 S High St #300
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 614-224-8166
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480
Fax: 614-849-0475
Email Us | Columbus Law Office Map

Branch Offices

Dayton Office
Local: 937-224-3030
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Cincinnati Office
Local: 513-721-9400
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Delaware Office
Local: 740-363-4969
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Covington Office
Local: 859-261-0572
Toll-Free: 800-792-1480

Mobile Office

Toll-Free: 800-792-1480
Learn More

Donahey Law Firm Logo
Logo: Facebook Logo: LinkedIn Logo: Twitter Logo: YouTube Logo: Google+