i found out this afternoon my younger sister has been diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. over the past year she had been c/o cyclical nipple pain, had a mammogram and came back negative. she went for a second mammogram this past thursday because a lump was now palpable. they ordered a stat ultrasound and did find a 3 cm mass. from what i understand, ductal carcinoma is typically in situ....this one has already invaded her breast nodules...they did 7 core biopsies this past thursday. she has an appointment this monday with her surgeon/oncologist. she was asking me so many questions today; i did not share with her anything specific and tried to be vague. i want her to talk with the surgeon first. the surgeon and her md even called her at home this morning. she also told me during the biopsies and ultra sound, she was surrounded by md, surgeon, social services; she perceived it to be getting all this attention. now, she is a commissioner in a big city here so i told her it was because of who she is that she was getting all this attention. she told me that only her md knows that she's commissioner. from what i'm reading, the prognosis is not good. does anyone here have any input.....i want to know everything and nothing but the truth. please.