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Breast Cancer Res. 2006;8(2):206. Epub 2006 Apr 21.

The intraductal approach to the breast: raison d'être.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Quinnipiac University, Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT 06518-1908, USA.

Abstract

Opportunities for the detection, prediction, and treatment of breast cancer exist at three biological levels: systemically via the blood, at the whole organ level, and within the individual ductal lobular structures of the breast. This review covers the evaluation of approaches targeted to the ductal lobular units, where breast cancer begins. Studies to date suggest the presence of 5 to 12 independent ductal lobular systems per breast, each harboring complex cellular fluids contributed by local and systemic processes. New techniques for accessing and interrogating these systems offer the potential to gauge the microenvironment of the breast and distill biological risk profiles.

PMID:
16677416
PMCID:
PMC1557709
DOI:
10.1186/bcr1410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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