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9/13/2017My mom, 93, noticed nipple discharge and after mammogram, biopsy, was diagnosed with DCIS approx. 5 cm., weakly estrogen positive. Family doc prescribed Tamoxifen, approved by medical oncologist, who then presented her case. Panel advises surgery, surgery consult recommends mastectomy. She has COPD and uses walker, low kidney function (35-40 GFR), mind is sharp. A very difficult decision for her. Would DCIS cause her mortality or greater discomfort than surgery? At first said she would not consider surgery, but now feels she has no choice. How can I advise her?
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9/13/2017gracious sakes. anesthesiology may not even approve for her to have any surgery. bring her to us. 443-997-1513. Tanoxifen makes good sense as long as she does not have heart problems or history of blood clots or stroke. let us see her. they may be worrying about the DCIS potentially containing some invasive cells however given her age and other medical issues, it is important to not do more harm than good.

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