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2/13/2017Daughter 45,dcis, negative brca, had lumpectomy,wait 2 weeks for results, didn't get it all,now wants to go take more tissue,do you advise her to do this or mastectomy. They still say dcis,don't most hospitals take tissue, look at it when you are still in surgery to see if more needs taken and not make you wait 2 weeks for results??very confused as what to do. Dr, tells her has only seen one case where the second time they didn't get it all,thanks in advance for your answer,this sight is very informative.
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2/14/2017it is not possible to look at all 6 margins of a lumpectomy specimen accurately in the operating room. and most of the time a simple re-excision does the trick in ridding her of any residual dcis that remains.

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