Just Diagnosed, Help with Questions?
I'm 56yo woman with never an unusual mammo until December, when they saw microcalcifications in one breast. Biopsied, dx is low-grade ductal carcinoma in situ. Have a consult scheduled with a surgeon on 1/19 for probable lumpectomy. I'm trying to assemble a good list of questions to ask. The doc who did the biopsy and called me with results has emphasized TINY area (he's very enthusiastic about how tiny it is), and says the cells are just on the edge between being not-cancerous and cancerous, but they're calling it DCIS. In hopes that someone here understands this all better than I, here's the comment on the path report:
Microscopic examination of the submitted breast tissue demonstrates several foci of intraductal proliferation of mildly atypical cells which show cribriform and micropapillary architecture. These proliferations, however, are adjacent to and even admixed with areas of apocrine proliferation, making interpretation difficult. Immunohistochemical staining for androgen receptor shows diffuse expression in both the areas of apocrine change and the areas of intraductal proliferation. The atypical intraductal proliferations also show loss of CK 5/6 expression, which, in concert with the number of foci of proliferation and cribriform and micropapillary growth patterns, supports a diagnosis of low-grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
Any suggestions for questions I should ask? Meanwhile, I'm going to read up on DCIS.