Jul 26, 2007 12:28AM scarednancy wrote:Hi,
I have the pleomorphic ILC type also. I had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and now tamoxifen. I also had an OncotypeDX test which scored really low and my oncolgist said I don't need chemo. I have done a lot of research on ILC and I don't think it is as bad as some say. It actually has a better outcome than IDC according to many studies. I have cut and pasted some info for you from Women's Health and Education. I hope it helps give you piece of mind.
Variant patterns have been described in which either the cytologic features or infiltrative pattern is present. These include the solid, alveolar, mixed and pleomorphic variants of ILC. They are often multifocal and bilateral, especially the pleomorphic variant. These features have little bearing on outcome either on overall survival or disease-free survival after conservative therapy. ILC are notorious for presenting diagnostic difficulties, clinically and radiographically. Although ILC is often associated with a discrete mass, a large proportion of these lesions are difficult to detect because of their insidious growth pattern. When compared with cancers of no special type but of similar size, patients of ILC have a better survival.