ductal lavage


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ductal lavage

Cytology The harvesting of cells from the mammary ducts in an attempt to identify CA at an early, possibly more treatable stage. See Breast cancer.

ductal lavage

The injection of a small amount of saline into the ducts of the breast through a miniature catheter, followed by collection of the fluid and the cells that wash out with it. The cells are analyzed for evidence of early changes that may suggest an increased risk of future cancers. Occasionally they may reveal an already established cancer.
See also: lavage
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Ductal lavage for detection of cellular atypia in women at high risk for breast cancer.
Using an outcomes database called the Ductal Lavage Outcomes Tracking System, the investigators identified 31 women with lobular neoplasia who underwent ductal lavage.
My fantasy is that in a couple of years the ductal lavage will be routine.
If we can find a good molecular screen to improve its sensitivity, then ductal lavage may still be good for [detecting] small cancers .
Other ongoing studies are looking at various molecular markers that "may be able to turn either fine-needle aspiration or ductal lavage into a more sensitive test," said Dr.
Milk ducts were accessible in most of these eligible patients; the success rate for ductal lavage was 90%, Dr.
Khan said that although she gets lots of inquiries about ductal lavage from patients and physicians, she and her Northwestern colleagues are "relatively conservative" about recommending the procedure, largely reserving it for high-risk women who want a further assessment before deciding on a risk-lowering strategy such as tamoxifen.
Cytyc's FirstCyte Breast Test is a ductal lavage procedure that can be performed in an office setting.
Ductal lavage now gives us a minimally invasive, more reliable way to search for them.
The trial results establish ductal lavage using the Pro Duct Health microcatheter as a simple, well-tolerated, safe, and minimally invasive office procedure for cytologic assessment of the milk ducts, where 95% of breast cancers arise, said Dr.
NEWBURY PARK) New Study Shows Ductal Lavage Can Find Cellular
Cytyc Corporation (Nasdaq:CYTC) today announced that the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) supports the use of ductal lavage as a cell-based risk assessment tool in high risk and borderline risk women to assist them in making more informed decisions regarding risk reduction and management options.