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|Types and Stages of Breast Cancer
Questions about the different types and stages of breast cancer.
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|12/28/2010||I have recently been diagnosed with DCIS high grade central necrosis with a 6 mm greatest extent. I am ER/PR negative. My consult with oncologist says he would put at stage 0 currently. He and surgeon do not show it outside of duct. Currently, non invasive. I am so confused about the right treatment. BRACA teat results are not back yet. What should I do?|
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|12/28/2010||if you are doing genetic testing then sounds like you may be young and/or have family history of breast cancer. getting these test results back is wise as it can directly influence the type of surgery you opt to have. if negative for genes then lumpectomy is reasonable option. if positive for gene then consideration for bilateral mastectomies with immediate reconstruction should be considered. skin sparing and possibly nipple sparing depending on location of DCIS from the nipple and areola inside. if you want to come to us for consultation about all of this just call 443-287-2778. you want a breast surgical oncologist doing either operation.|
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