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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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11/24/2017After two lumpectomies on my left breast I still do not have totally clear margins. There are two areas. The path report reads 1."DCIS extends to the superior (blue inked) margin. 2. "DCIS extends less than 0.1CM from the inferior lateral (junction of yellow and green ink) margin." I am deciding whether or not to have another lumpectomy or a mastectomy. I had an MRI that showed no new abnormalities but did show "mild background enhancement bilaterally." What does that indicate? What does the mild background enhancement mean?
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11/25/2017background enhancement not of concern. whether re-excision is feasible is going to be partially based on how the breast looks so far. when it begins to look misshapen then it is usually better to do skin sparing mastectomy with reconstruction than to keep widdling away at it. if it looks still cosmetically good then reasonable to try one more re-excision.

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