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After Hearing 'Cancer,' Waiting's Tough

James Borchuck
Tampa Bay Times

If human beings were guided only by logic, they would be likely to agree when research indicates "watchful waiting" is the best course for certain conditions that may be called "cancer." But emotions like fear make that tough, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This has been noted for years with prostate cancer; some men who have unaggressive tumors and who are unlikely to die from their tumors nevertheless insist on treatment that can have serious side-effects. Now it's women's turn to be antsy, with ductal carcinoma in situ, a condition that can turn into breast cancer or disappear on its own.