Jane Fonda Thwarts Noninvasive Breast Cancer

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Following a routine mammogram, fitness guru Jane Fonda underwent surgery to remove a noninvasive cancerous tumor from her breast. Fonda revealed on her blog that “I had a scare with a non-invasive breast cancer but it is ALL OUT NOW!!!”

Noninvasive breast cancer is a stage 0 cancer

According to Stanford Medical Cancer Center, improved detection of breast cancer has resulted in more and more women being diagnosed with a precancerous breast condition and early, noninvasive stages of breast cancer. Noninvasive breast cancer is also known as cancer in situ, which is Latin for “in place.” This means the cancer cells have not spread beyond the breast ducts or lobules.

The most common form of noninvasive breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which accounts for about 80 percent of in situ breast cancer diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). A condition called lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is a common noninvasive condition that can be a precursor to breast cancer. Noninvasive breast cancer is a stage 0 breast cancer, and patient outcomes are very positive for this stage.

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The American Cancer Society notes that in most cases, women who have DCIS can choose between lumpectomy, which is a breast-conserving therapy, usually followed by radiation, or a simple mastectomy. Lumpectomy without radiation therapy is only an option for certain women who had small areas of low-grade DCIS that was removed with large enough cancer-free surgical margins, according to the ACS.

Fonda reportedly will not require any further treatment after her surgery. The Oscar-winning actress is continuing to work on the promotion of her new Primetime Fitness DVD, which will go on sale on November 30. She plans to follow this with a re-launch of the Fonda Workout brand with more DVDs and exercise equipment the day after Christmas, when some people will likely be thinking about dropping some weight after the holidays.

A representative for Jane Fonda reported in the Daily Mail that the actress is “100 percent cancer-free” following her surgery for noninvasive breast cancer. Along with her busy schedule regarding her new DVD, Fonda is appearing in a new film, “Peace, Love and Understanding,” which will be released next year.

SOURCES:
American Cancer Society
Daily Mail
Stanford Medicine Cancer Center

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