Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia - waiting for surgery
I am happy to have found this site and hope to learn from all of you! I am 50 years old. I was just diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia from a core needle biopsy, but have been told it might be upgraded to stage 0 DCIS after results of the excision surgery (yet to be scheduled) come back. There is also other terminology on the pathology report that I am confused about like "apocrine metaplasia" and "cytologic atypia". Does anyone have experience with those on their report?
I am feeling scared and worried. I was told by the nurse that I am in a small subset of people where the tissue retrieved from the needle biopsy is not conclusive enough to know if they can tip it into being classified as cancer, but that it should come out. I was told that I may need radiation and perhaps tamoxifen too, pending the full results.
I would appreciate any support, insight, or experience from others who are on or have been on this path.