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What should I know about infiltrating ductal carcinoma?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Infiltrating ductal carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer. It compromises 65-85% of all breast cancer cases. On physical exam, the mass or lump is harder than surrounding tissue and on mammogram it is visualized as a mass with spiculations. It can also be diagnosed with high resolution ultrasound, FNA, core biopsy, and excisional open biopsy. The prognosis depends on tumor size, stage, surgical margins, tumor grade, lymph nodal status, hormone estrogen responsiveness, and receptor status. The common treatments include lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy (Tamoxifen) and targeted biological therapy.

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