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TUBULAR BREAST CANCER? WHAT IS IT?
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TUBULAR BREAST CANCER? WHAT IS IT?

What is tubular breast cancer? Also could breast cancer have started somewhere else in the body for example uterine cancer and then spread to the breast?
My Mom has had a biopsy and the consultant cant be sure if it is cancer or not he said all the tests have been done. How can this happen. He is going to remove the lump. Thank you
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Dear jessicat, Tubular breast cancer is a type of invasive breast cancer occurring in about two percent of all breast cancers.  Tubular is a description of the cells seen under the microscope. The prognosis of this type of cancer tends to be better than for an intraductal carcinoma (a common type of breast cancer).

When we talk about the primary site of cancer, we are talking about where the cancer starts from.  It is possible for cancer to start in one part of the body and spread or metastasize to another part of the body.  When the biopsy of normal breast tissue is looked at under the microscope the cells from the breast look different from normal uterine tissue cells.  If the cells from the breast biopsy looked like cells that are usually seen in the uterus then the diagnosis would be uterine cancer "primary" with spread to the breast, and treated as uterine cancer that has spread. This would be very unusual.  More likely if your mother has had uterine cancer in the past, new disease in the breast would be treated as a second "primary" cancer.

When biopsies are done the surgeon attempts to get as much information as possible using the least invasive technique that they can.  The amount of tissue that is obtained in a needle biopsy is only the amount that can fit into the bore of the needle.  If the biopsy is inconclusive, there may be concern that the area of concern was missed.  By removing the entire lump now, the entire lump will be examined.
      

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