• Pathology back, I'm confused. No carcinoma found, just multifocular lobular insitu with pagetoid extension into ducts.

    Asked by merlinglen on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Pathology back, I'm confused. No carcinoma found, just multifocular lobular insitu with pagetoid extension into ducts.

    Did I have the right procedure "simple mastectomy" or could I have had a lumpectomy?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      There wouldn't have been much point in a lumpectomy. The other option would have been no surgery since you do have an invasive cancer. Some people go ahead with a mastectomy as a preventative measure when they have in situ.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      Pathology reports are confusing. The language is so foreign! What does multifocular and pagetoid mean?!?!

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I think she probably meant multifocal, meaning in more than one area. pagetoid extension means the cells appear to be similar to those found in Paget's disease.

      BTW, just noticed the typo in my first post. It should have read "since you do NOT have an invasive cancer.

      almost 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      Multifocal and pagetoid makes sense -then a prophylactic mastectomy, not lumpectomy.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I'm almost twenty years older than you and I've learned one thing (well maybe a bit more than one)... Don't go back and ask, "what if?" You can't go back. You made a decision based on the information the doctor gave you, what was known at the time you made the decision. You made the right decision. Please stop whenever you find yourself slipping back into this pattern of thought, and begin thinking of the things you're enjoying in life. Have your reconstructive surgery if you wish. Take a deep breath, ask God to lead you, and live each day to the fullest. Then thank God that you are here to enjoy His beautiful world!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      And, always ask for the meanings of unfamiliar words. There's no reason why anyone should be expected to understand medical jargon. The words have functions when used between doctors. Patients shouldn't have to guess.

      almost 5 years ago

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