I like to look adversaries in the face, but alas, this isn’t exactly possible with cancer. So I found a few pictures of what I’m up against.
This is invasive ductal carcinoma. My tumor may not be exactly the same, but you get the idea:
These cells have begun to invade normal breast tissue. They're dyed with hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) stain. The "H" dyes tissue that react with bases. The "E" does the same for tissue that react with acids. Both turn tissues lovely shades of pink.
In DCIS, cancer cells start to build up within the breast ducts, much as fats might collect in an artery. A certain percentage of DCIS cells will become invasive, but there's no way to which cells.
This National Cancer Institute drawing of DCIS does not look so different from the sketch my NYU doc drew at my first-ever breast cancer appointment.
Here’s what DCIS looks like when dyed with an H & E stain.
This is what DCIS cells look like under a microscope.
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