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3/2/2018I am diagnosed with Invasion ductal carcinoma grade 3.How bad is that? I am going to mastectomy next week does this means that my cancer will be completely eliminated or this means that the cancer will show up again in my body? What is the survival rate of my case? I am 51 years old. Thanks in advance.
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3/5/2018Invasive ductal carcinoma is breast cancer that "invaded" through the wall of the milk duct to begin growing just outside the duct. Grade 3 means that the cells do not resemble normal breast cells (Grade 1 look just like normal cells, Grade 2 are somewhere in the middle). Mastectomy is total removal of the breast with the intent of getting all of the cancer out. If you are having a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy during your mastectomy, the surgeon will send a few lymph nodes from your armpit to the pathologist, who will look at them under the microscope to see if any cancer cells escaped the breast and went into the lymph nodes. Hopefully not, but if so, you may need some chemotherapy to kill any rogue cells that got into the bloodstream. Survival rates are excellent for early stage breast cancer with the recommended treatment.

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