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|3/2/2012||I've been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. First time was in 2001. The initial biopsy results read "IDC w papilary features versus intracystic carcinoma with microinvasion (final markers pending)". Can you explain was the "papillary features" means? Thanks.|
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|3/2/2012||there are different kinds of breast cancer. within the invasive ductal type one subset is called papillary. the pathologist describes the type based on the cell structure under the microscope. it will not impact your treatment. so time now to see a breast surgical oncologist. also, consider genetics counseling since you now have developed bilateral breast cancer which is a red flag for possibly carrying a breast cancer gene.|
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