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8/3/2017It suggested second surgery to get clear margins, I asked how much tissue would be removed, and the margin would be clear after the second surgery, the surgeon said DCIS can't be seen during surgery, just cut more out and not guarantee the margins would be clear. If the surgeon is not sure, why just do the repeat surgery? How high and what is the risk with a positive DCIS margin compare with clear margin?
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8/3/2017the surgeon (hopefully a breast surgical oncologist) usually meets with the pathologist and the breast imaging radiologist to review the prior imaging, new imaging post op done now, and pathologist provides information about how much dcis was at these margins. by looking at the imaging studies, the pathology, then the surgeon can determine with more accuracy how much tissue is likely needed to be removed. he is right that there is no guarantee during the operation however experience and skill play a big role here. any cancer cells that remain must be surgically removed.

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