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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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8/24/2017I WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH INVASIVE LOBULAR CARCANOMA GRADE 2 BACK IN JUNE AND HAD THE SURGERY AUG 15... I WAS TOLD THE TUMOR WAS 1/2 INCH AND RADIATION WOULD BE NEEDED ,,I RECEIVED THE NEWS LAST NIGHT FROM MY SURGEON THAT THE PATHOLOGY REPORT NOW SAID THE TUMOR WAS 2 INCHES AND NO CLEAN MARGINS WERE FOUND AND THAT 6 LYMPH NODES WERE TAKEN AND 3 SHOWED CANCER.......HOW CAN SUCH A DIFFERENCE BE FOUND IN THE MASS..I NOW WONDER IF THE CANCER HAS SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS..I FEEL I CANT TRUST THEIR JUDGEMENT AND AM CONSIDERING A SECOND OPINION...... NO NEW FORM OF ACTION HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AS THE SURGEON AND HER ONCOLOGY TEAM HAVE NOT HAD THEIR MEETING TODAY TO DISCUSS THESE FINDINGS... WILL I NEED ANOTHER SURGERY, CHEMO AND OR RADIATION, A MASTECTOMY ?? I WOULD LIKE TO BE PRESENT AT THEIR MEETING.......NO ONE HAS RETURNED MY CALLS... MY HEAD IS SPINNING..I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO..
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8/25/2017ILC tends to grow more diffusely compared to other types of breast cancer. This growth pattern accounts for the difficulty in its detection on physical examination and mammography, and therefore it tends to present at a larger size. Due to the diffuse invasive nature of this tumor, positive margins can be common. Additional surgery is usually recommended to obtain clear margins.

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