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|LCIS - Lobular Carcinoma In Situ
Questions about lobular carcinoma in situ.
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|11/13/2011||I was diagnosed with LCIS after a core needle biopsy. The MRI didn't show any cancer. Met with a surgeon|
who wants to do an excisional biopsy asap. My question is why do a biopsy to remove the lcis when cancer can pop up anywhere. Is it to see if there is indeed cancer that was too small to see on the MRI or is it so that if LCIS occurs in again it will be better able to be seen? And couldn't there just as easily be a small cancer in a different area from the lcis? Is it important to have the surgery immediately?.
I was diagnosed a month ago and would like to wait until Jan 2012 for insurance reasons in case I need more surgery next year. The surgeon thought I needed it done immediately. Thanks.
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|11/14/2011||in a small portion of cases, breast cancer cells may be found where LCIS was found on a core biopsy. so its to rule out the presence of cancer at this current time. you are correct however that with LCIS as a risk factor, breast cancer can occur anywhere in the breast unrelated to the location that LCIS was found. MRI cannot show tiny microscopic disease.|
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