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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

We will now cover the five stages of breast cancer and what to expect from each stage.

Cancer is assessed by stages ranging from 0-4; each stage represents a progression of the cancer. As the complexity of the cancer intensifies, so does the treatment required to fight it. Breast cancer is assigned to a stage based on where it began in the breast and how much of the breast and other parts of the body are affected by it.

Remember, the stage of cancer is separate from the tumor grade, which we discussed in Subchapter 3.2.

We will also review the types of cancer. First, covering the more common types of breast cancer, but also the unusual diagnoses like triple negative breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, and cancer during pregnancy.

Your responsibility, as discussed in Chapter 4, is to develop a support team, of family or friends, that will comfort and encourage you in this time.

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  • kim sosa Profile

    I was diagnosed IDCS stage 2 or 3A and everyone from Dr. to my bc sisters always tell me I should be around to watch my children grow up. But then the Dr. that works with my chemo Dr. tells me my survival rate doesn't look good. Those words crushed me

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 11 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and...

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      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and nodes. I have 2 little girls and I've been fighting since the start to see them grow up. You have great survival hope but you need positive people treating you!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm...

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      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm cancer free!!!! There is always always always hope!!!! think this doctor should be booted to the curb!

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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones,...

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      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones, liver, brain, lungs, etc. I'm not trying to scare you but I want you to be one of the survivors! Please get treated. Some people say the treatments are worse than the disease. Not true in my opinion. Sure, the treatments don't make you feel good....BUT it doable! And you want to live!

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is very serious. I am a stage 3 also. Without treatment, the cancer will spread to other organs

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    What does it mean when it says 98% live a year with stage 2... when the charts say its a 98% expectancy for 8 years what does that actually mean???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Sharon. When I was newly diagnosed I looked at the stats online. For one thing, they're very outdated. And for another, every woman is different. I stopped looking at stats and when I did choose to go online, I looked up survivor stories instead. :)

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality,...

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      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality, treatments have become so advanced between my 1st bout in 2000 and my second in 2011 that I meet people in the chemo room who have had advanced cancer for several years or more. They come in for regular "boosts" of chemo and go on and live their lives.

      So don't jump to any conclusions based on statistics. Rely on your doctor and ask him any questions you may have.

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  • Nadia noufal Profile

    hi have any one has 4 stage breast cancer spread to the lung ,and cancer free now and please tell me about all the symptoms u went true thank you

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 2 answers
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I know a women who had cancer cone back to lung and liver met. She was estrogen positive - given arimidex and has no evidence of disease a year later. There are some good stabilizing treatments for many stage 4 cancers.... Can't totally get rid of it, but can live with decent quality of life.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this...

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      I want to use this medium to share my testimony to the public, hopefully to safe life also, Am Brandi Harri, I was diagnosed of Breast Cancer Three years ago, when i had my last baby, my world came crashing down when my Doctor told me that nothing could be done to save me after fighting this deadly disease with Chemo And Radiation for Two Years but i refused to sit back and wait until the day it finally decides to take my life so i went in search of help which i found in the hands of Priest Babaka through his Cannabis oil/Herb Soap Supplement. God use him to bring life back to me and gave my life a meaning again,am alive now all because of him, sir God will continue to Bless you and your family for this good work and word of truth..If you have any issue of CANCER don't hestitate to contact him with this email : babaka.wolf@gmail.com

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