Quantitative study of ductal breast cancer progression. Morphometric evaluation of phenotypical changes occurring in benign and preinvasive epithelial lesions

G. M. Mariuzzi, L. Mariuzzi, A. Mombello, A. Santinelli, M. Valli, D. Rahal, D. Thompson, P. H. Bartels

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Abstract

Fifty-nine cases of Breast Epithelial Proliferative Lesions (BEPL) and Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), were studied by image analysis, to evaluate the nuclear changes occurring in the conventional diagnostic categories of ductal hyperplasia, atypical ductal hyperplasia and DCIS with quantitative methods. Diagnosis reproducibility is the main practical problem of these breast lesions. In fact, with subjective methods, the reproducibility appears to be very low and precarious especially for clinical demands. The objective, quantitative evaluation of cell phenotypical changes should be the method for both practical diagnostic problems and study of ductal cancer progression. The distribution pattern of the data in the feature, obtained with quantitative analysis, strongly suggests a continuum of changes, indicating an evolutionary process of Breast Ductal Carcinoma (BDC) progression in its preinvasive stage. Each observed case may be characterised by its own cellular, objective alterations and a progressive trend toward BDC can be stated. Since the actual changes of the proliferative phenotypes can be measured, and the values are reproducible, karyometric measurement may allow an objective grading of individual cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1056-1065
Number of pages10
JournalPathology Research and Practice
Volume190
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Keywords

  • Atypical hyperplasia
  • Breast ductal cancer
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Quantitative pathology
  • Tumor progression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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    Mariuzzi, G. M., Mariuzzi, L., Mombello, A., Santinelli, A., Valli, M., Rahal, D., Thompson, D., & Bartels, P. H. (1994). Quantitative study of ductal breast cancer progression. Morphometric evaluation of phenotypical changes occurring in benign and preinvasive epithelial lesions. Pathology Research and Practice, 190(11), 1056-1065.