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Any chances of hidden cancer despite biopsy?

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Went through a right breast diagnosis this past summer for 11 weeks. After an US guided biopsy(subareolar), an MRI guided biopsy (14 samples taken from a non-mass like enhancenent) and surgical biopsy(subareolar) and skin punch biopsy of NAC, all came back as Duct Ectasia. My question is the following: Is there any chance that a cancer could be hiding in my ducts that were eluding biopsies?
Posted Thu, 23 Jan 2014 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Rohan Khandelwal 57 minutes later
Brief Answer: cancer unlikely; regular follow -up required Detailed Answer: Dear Ma'am, Thank you.for asking your query at XXXXXXX Duct ectasia is a benign condition and the risk of cancer in patients with duct ectasia is the same as in a normal patient. The fact that the lump.was biopsied so thoroughly, makes the possibility of a hidden cancer very low. At the same time, i would suggest a regular follow up with your surgeon every 6 months with a repeat mammogram every year. Hoping for the best. Please feel free to clarify any other query. Rohan Khandelwal Breast surgeon
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