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Intraductal Papillomas
General questions about intraductal papillomas.
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5/5/2017I'm a woman, age 61, last mammo' was March 2017: I saw a surgeon now re. me having a single intraductal papilloma which was negative on core biopsy. The surgeon said, 'The risk is roughly 20 percent that there is cancer there' which is why I can choose now to have an excisional biopsy which is 'the gold standard' presently in healthcare. I did some studying on my own. IF I DECIDE TO 'WATCH AND WAIT', wouldn't it be a good idea for me to get mammos' and other testing more frequently than annually? What about the 3D mammography/'tomo' - I could ask to have that done because I am in a major city ?? Any other sorts of tests - MRI? CAT? Blood work? Gene testing??? And HOW FREQUENTLY, PLEASE ? (So you know, the fact of the matter is that 'all of them' messed up - first the mammo' tech', then the radiologist, his 2 R.N.s, and then the surgeon's R.N., plus the surgeon told me a couple things that were wrong: My trust is gone and I'd like to wait to get this surgery done at Johns Hopkins because I am set to move to Wash DC beginning August 2018. TY!!.
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5/5/2017If you don't have other known risk factors for breast cancer then you might be able to delay this for a while, assuming it isn't causing any nipple discharge symptoms. no MRI r CAT scan or gene testing. request 3D tomo mammogram. inquire if you can be imaged again in 6 months.

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