• Post surgical pathology report changed my diagnosis from invasive ductal breast to medullary carcinoma.

    Asked by Nanc620 on Monday, November 5, 2012

    Post surgical pathology report changed my diagnosis from invasive ductal breast to medullary carcinoma.

    Wish it would have changed to the triple neg. part! Anyone else in my boat with this diagnosis? No lymph nodes involved...

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      My pathology post surgery was somewhat different than from the biopsy, but not the changes you had....my stage changed and there was more involvement than showed on the two biopsies.....

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      From what I understand medullary carcinoma is pretty treatable. Do you also have triple-negative? I'm confused by your second comment.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology/end of life nurse and maybe I can shed a little light on the topic here. Medulla carcinoma of the breast is a rarer form of invasive breast cancer. Generally it originates in the milk ducts and the cells are greatly differentiated which makes it so much easier to see the borders or margins on a mammogram. The survival rate of this type of cancer is over 90% after treatment. It gets its name from the way it mimics the color of medulla tissue of the brain. When a cell is poorly differentiated generally you cannot tell it from regular cells, but this type of cancer has cells much larger than normal cells so it is much easier to detect and also it rarely involves the lymph tissue so generally it stays within its framework or border, best of luck to you. Generally if you are a triple negative (estrogen negative, progesterone negative, and Human epidermal growth factor 2 negative) this means only that your cancer will not respond to hormone treatment, only conventional chemotherapy. Carm

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nanc620's Avatar

      Thanks to all...I am learning so much on the wonderful site. I made a bold move (for me) today and went to GIlda's CLub. Just another step on my journey and I am feeling so blessed to have so many fine people walking with me...this includes all of you.

      almost 4 years ago

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