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ADH - Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia
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12/18/2017Ultrasound showed .6cm complex cyst. Did core needle biopsy with pathology results showing ADH borderline Low grade Dcis. Dr said it means it is not cancer but high risk for it. Also said it was hormone receptive so tomaxafin would be a possibly.

I am trying to see a breast surgeon ASAP but Iím scared borderline means if I donít ask fast, it will be cancer. How quickly does this progress? Does it mean I do have cancer?
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12/18/2017The majority of breast cancer is very slow growing, so even if you have DCIS, you are in no danger while deciding what to do. ADH is a cluster of cells in the duct that are behaving abnormally and can turn into breast cancer. DCIS is Stage 0 breast cancer confined to the milk ducts. At Hopkins, we would do surgery to remove ADH and/or DCIS. If you would like a second opinion, please call 443-997-1513 to meet with one of our breast surgical oncologists. Tell them you spoke to me when you call and let me know when you are coming so that I can give you a hug. I know how scary things like this can be.

Angie Cramer, BSN, RN, ONN-CG -- Certified Oncology Nurse Navigator

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