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Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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|4/21/2012||I am confused? My Pathology report mentions the DCIS being located less than 0.1 CM from the ANTEROSUPERIOR Margin ..What is that location? Is it close to the skin covering the area? What are APROCRINE features? Thank you.|
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|4/23/2012||Thanks for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. I believe you might have meant 0.1 MM as opposed to 0.1 CM? 0.1 MM would be considered a close or even positive margin where re excision is indicated. 0.1 CM is fine. Any way, this measures the distance from the cancer cells to clean (no cancer cells) tissue. Anterior refers to (top) superior (bottom) of tissue block, and apocrine is a descriptive term used by pathologists as they look under the microsope to describe the cells; it is a pathologic change that resembles a sweat gland , but actually means nothing in terms of surgery and treatment. Hope this helps and best wishes!|
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