What does 'classical' lobular mean?

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Question from Beth: Please explain a tumor described as "classical" lobular.
Answers - Ann Ainsworth Classical lobular carcinoma arises from the lobules of the breast (the milk-making cells) and invades the breast tissue as single cells in a line (you may see the term "Indian file," in your pathology report, to describe this finding). Invasive duct carcinoma grows as small ducts or groups of cells. Signet cell carcinoma is another form of invasive lobular carcinoma, but it is less common than the classical type. The growth pattern of classical invasive lobular carcinoma is very easy to recognize.

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