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Doctor insights on: Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia

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What exactly is atypical lobular hyperplasia?

What exactly is atypical lobular hyperplasia?

ALH: Atypical lobular hyperplasia (alh) is an overgrowth of the cells lining the lobules which are the sacks at the ends of the breast ducts and the cells look different from the normal lobular cells. The finding of atypia (alh or ADH (vasopressin) - atypical ductal hyperplasia) is a risk marker for future breast cancer. Depending on how the alh was found further biopsy may be needed to r/o early cancer changes. ...Read more

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What vitamins and supplements are safe or good to take to improve health after a diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia?

What vitamins and supplements are safe or good to take to improve health after a diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia?

Expect little help: You're welcome to supplement with a cheap multivitamin-and-mineral tablet; i think this is a good idea, but no supplement i know is going to be helpful in dealing with the atypical lobular hyperplasia. Instead, simply keep up the vigilance your physicians have recommended, and should you have progression to cancer, you are most likely to get a cure. Good luck. ...Read more

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With a previous diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia, is it wiser to terminate a pregnancy at age 49 to avoid increase breast cancer risk?

With a previous diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia, is it wiser to terminate a pregnancy at age 49 to avoid increase breast cancer risk?

No simple answer: This question is too complex to answer in this format--please see a breast surgeon to discuss. Population studies note a higher risk of breast cancer just after pregnancies, likely related to women who have existing (hormone-sensitive) cancers in their breast during pregnancy. Also, first pregnancies late in life are associated w/increase breast ca risk. How this might affect you is hard to know. ...Read more

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What exactly is atypical intraductal hyperplasia?

What exactly is atypical intraductal hyperplasia?

Precancerous changes: In breast tissue cells from needle or open surgical biopsy. Your doctor can discuss the significance of this in light of the remainder of your family history, breast examination, mammography, and your overall health. This is not cancer, but may be a sign to be watchful and have regular physician follow-up or further evaluation regarding risk of developing breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is atypical ductal hyperplasia common in women?

Is atypical ductal hyperplasia common in women?

Yes.: The presence of abnormal duct cells at the time of a breast biopsy (ADH (vasopressin)) is common. This is not a pre-cancerous condition, however, women with ADH (vasopressin) do have a 2 to 4 fold increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer as compared to the general population. ...Read more

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Are there natural drugs to take to treat atypical ductal hyperplasia?

Are there natural drugs to take to treat atypical ductal hyperplasia?

I'd choose not to.: A diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia on a biopsy means we need to do surgery to remove the area out. If in case that diagnosis was made on a surgically removed specimen and if it was completely removed then it does not need any additional surgery. Sometimes tamoxifen can be used to follow up as a medical treatment but i would not recommend natural drugs for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia. I wasnt told much?

I have been diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia. I wasnt told much?

ADH (vasopressin) - risk marker: Long term, ADH (vasopressin) is a marker for elevated risk (2.5-4x's) and warrants increased screening (?Bmri) and possible chemoprevention. When found on a core biopsy, the standard is for open biopsy obtaining additional tissue to provide context for the pathology to exclude upgrading to dcis. It does not need to be completely excised with margins. ...Read more

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What should be my next step if i'm diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia?

What should be my next step if i'm diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia?

Chemoprevention: There is an increased risk of developing breast cancer associated with a tissue diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia. This risk can be reduced by taking exists or tamoxifen. Please go and consult with a medical oncologist with an interest in breast cancer to discuss the risk and benefits of chemoprevention. ...Read more

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What exactly is atypical hyperplasia of the breast?

What exactly is atypical hyperplasia of the breast?

Irregular Cells: Atypical hyperplasia (ah) is the term used to describe the development of abnormal cells in the breast. These cells may originate from the breast ducts (atypical ductal hyperplasia) or the lobules (atypical lobular hyperplasia). Ah is not cancer, but it increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Therefore patients with a diagnosis of ah often require more frequent breast cancer screening. ...Read more

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What is atypical epithelial hyperplasia and hyperorthokeratosis?

What is atypical epithelial hyperplasia and hyperorthokeratosis?

Description of skin: Hyperorthokeratosis means that the surface layer of the skin is thickened (extra layers of keratin) and hyperplasia means that there is an increased growth of the cells. The adjective "atypical" means that microscopically the appearance of these cells is not quite normal, although likely they are not abnormal enough to diagnose cancer or a precancerous change. Check with your doc to follow-up. ...Read more