Pathological classification of DCIS and planning of therapeutic management

Oreste Claudio Buonomo, P. Orsaria, G. Contino, D. Varvaras, A. Gioia, E. Bonanno, C. Pistolese, E. Cossu, T. Perretta, O. Schillaci, G. Del Monte, M. Roselli, T. C. Mineo, G. Petrella

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Background: Ductal intraepitelial neoplasia (DIN) represents a spectrum of disease that may progress from usual hyperplasia to ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) grade 3. The aim of the study was to asses the correlation between the DIN classification and the surgical treatment including sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). Patients and Methods: In this retrospective study, 229 patients with DIN had undergone conservative or radical surgical treatment and SLNB in cases of DIN1C-DIN3. Results: Breast conservative surgery was the definitive treatment in 80% of the cases. The H&E evaluation of excised sentinel nodes was negative for metastatic disease; neverthless the immunohistochemical (IHC) evaluation revealed the presence of metastatic cells in 6 patients (3.7%). Conclusion: In cases of DIN lesions SLNB is not indicated. The only reason SLNB should be considered is when there is an evidence of invasive foci at definitive histology or when radical mastectomy is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1499-1506
Number of pages8
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


  • Breast cancer
  • Ductal in situ carcinoma
  • Lymph node
  • Sentinel node biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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