Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (Nos)

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Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (Nos)

INFILTRATING DUCTAL CARCINOMA (NOS)

DOES IT MEAN INVASIVE? OR WHAT STAGE IS IT? AS PER DR, IT CANNOT BE REMOVE AS THE SIZE IS TOO BIG,(1X0.5X0.3CM), NOW ON CHEMOTHERAPHY AND RADIATION. PLS EXPLAIN. TQ. sfagus@yahoo.com

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Hi - Welcome! Infiltrating does mean invasive, but invasive doesn't necessarily mean "it's spread." About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have infiltrating/invasive cancer. Please read our IDC FAQS for more informaiton.

The information you give is a bit confusing; a 1cm tumor is very small, and certainly not too big to remove. And NOS would mean it hasn't left your breast (e.g., it's not in your lymph nodes), yet you're having both chemo and radiation, which usually would mean at least one node was affected. Unless you're ER/PR negative and HER2-neu negative?

Also, if you're this far along your oncologist should have told you what stage you are. It sounds like you need a LOT more information from your medical team. A good step would be to get a copy of your pathology report, then use our Guide to Understanding Your Pathology Report to help you interpret it. If you have any quesitons once you've done that, come on back.

And in the meantime, next time you meet with you oncologist, bring a list of questions with you (e.g., "What stage is my cancer? Is it hormone-receptive? Am I HER2-neu positive"); and don't leave till you get them answered, OK? Good luck - PJH

Answered by PJ Hamel