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12/23/2017I previously had a core needle biopsy that showed papillary carcinoma in situ with possible invasive component. Have now had a lumpectomy with a pathology report indicating a 1cm papillary carcinoma insitu with a .5mm invasive component characterized as invasive NOS arising from a 10mm papillary carcinoma in situ. Additionally, just prior to the lumpectomy, a radiologist found three small clusters of amorphous microcalcifications in the same general area, so also had an excisional biopsy of one group which has been diagnosed as benign. How do I arrange, who should I contact, to have a second pathology opinion by the rare breast cancer group at JH? I am now contemplating what and where to pursue follow-on therapies and would like to have the opinion of an expert team in hand. Many thanks for your kind attention.
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12/23/2017We would be happy to offer you a second opinion. Please call 443-997-1513 for an appointment with one of our surgical oncologists. Our team will arrange to have your pathology slides and breast imaging CDs sent to us in preparation for your appointment.

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