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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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    what isa sentinel node dissection I am having a double mastectomy and my doctor said she would do this before surg

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sandra,
      Sentinel nodes at the first nodes in the chain of nodes closest to the breasts. If breast cancer has traveled from the original tumor, it lands in the sentinel nodes first. Usually the sentinel nodes end up numbering 2 or 3. I happened to have 5. If they find cancer there, they may...

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      Sandra,
      Sentinel nodes at the first nodes in the chain of nodes closest to the breasts. If breast cancer has traveled from the original tumor, it lands in the sentinel nodes first. Usually the sentinel nodes end up numbering 2 or 3. I happened to have 5. If they find cancer there, they may make the decision to do an axial node dissection which is in the armpits.
      Before your surgeon begins your surgery, they usually order a sentinel node mapping procedure which is an injection that identifies where the nodes are located. Here is a website that help explain it a bit better. You can also look on this site for information as well as Breastcancer.org.
      http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/lymph_node_removal/sentinel_dissection
      This is all such foreign territory but we have been there and walked this path. We are all here to help you through it. Hang in there darlin' and take care, Sharon

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    • kim c Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      That's a lymph node they will check for cancer cells to see if the cancer has spread to the lymph system.

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    I have stage one estrogen positive breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Connie Herrick Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Your prognosis should be very good. What does your doctor say? Have you had any treatment yet? How old are you?

      I was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer last April. I was also estrogen positive, and the tumor was fast-growing. I had a lumpectomy, and the tumor size was 3 centimeters. I...

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      Your prognosis should be very good. What does your doctor say? Have you had any treatment yet? How old are you?

      I was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer last April. I was also estrogen positive, and the tumor was fast-growing. I had a lumpectomy, and the tumor size was 3 centimeters. I had 2 lymph nodes removed, and they were negative. So I had 4 chemo treatments, and 33 radiation treatments. Both were very tolerable. I am now on an estrogen-blocking pill that I will take for 5 years, since estrogen feeds breast cancer, this will help lessen my chances of it coming back. I plan to live to a ripe old age! I try to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise.

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    • Lori Murray Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi!
      I have/had estrogen positive also, from what I understand it is one of the very treatable forms. Mine is actually stage 4 since it went to a "tiny" area of my sternum which was radiated and now clear:)...my treatment is working very well and my scans have been clear since I started. I had...

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      Hi!
      I have/had estrogen positive also, from what I understand it is one of the very treatable forms. Mine is actually stage 4 since it went to a "tiny" area of my sternum which was radiated and now clear:)...my treatment is working very well and my scans have been clear since I started. I had my ovaries shut down with a lupron injection,eventually removed. I also take letrozole which stops any other estrogen that may be around. I am doing very well now, I think you have great hope...hang in there and try and take it step by step...it is a lot of information to process at once...Be well...xx

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  • Mary Webb Profile

    Can an mri say if i have cancer for sure?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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  • Lisa Majka  Profile

    How many types of Breast Cancers are there? I'm also wondering if Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the worst one you can get?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You also wanted to know how many types of breast cancer...Types of Breast Cancer

      Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS)
      DCIS is a type of early breast cancer confined to the inside of the ductal system.

      Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
      IDC is the most common type of breast cancer representing 78%...

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      You also wanted to know how many types of breast cancer...Types of Breast Cancer

      Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS)
      DCIS is a type of early breast cancer confined to the inside of the ductal system.

      Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
      IDC is the most common type of breast cancer representing 78% of all malignancies. These lesions appear as stellate (star like) or well-circumscribed (rounded) areas on mammograms. The stellate lesions generally have a poorer prognosis.

      Medullary Carcinoma
      Medullary carcinoma accounts for 15% of all breast cancer types. It most frequently occurs in women in their late 40s and 50s, presenting with cells that resemble the medulla (gray matter) of the brain.

      Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)
      Infiltrating lobular carcinoma is a type of breast cancer that usually appears as a subtle thickening in the upper-outer quadrant of the breast. This breast cancer type represents 5% of all diagnosis. Often positive for estrogen and progesterone receptors, these tumors respond well to hormone therapy.

      Tubular Carcinoma
      Making up about 2% of all breast cancer diagnosis, tubular carcinoma cells have a distinctive tubular structure when viewed under a microscope. Typically this type of breast cancer is found in women aged 50 and above. It has an excellent 10-year survival rate of 95%.

      Mucinous Carcinoma (Colloid)
      Mucinous carcinoma represents approximately 1% to 2% of all breast carcinoma. This type of breast cancer's main differentiating features are mucus production and cells that are poorly defined. It also has a favorable prognosis in most cases.

      Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
      Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive type of breast cancer that causes the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast to become blocked. This type of breast cancer is called "inflammatory" because the breast often looks swollen and red, or "inflamed". IBC accounts for 1% to 5% of all breast cancer cases in the United States.
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Any type of breast cancer has the chances of containing aggressive cells. When diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the ability to look at individual cells and grade them for their aggressiveness. So many factors go into staging and grading breast cancer and then the treatment is...

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      Any type of breast cancer has the chances of containing aggressive cells. When diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the ability to look at individual cells and grade them for their aggressiveness. So many factors go into staging and grading breast cancer and then the treatment is individualized for the patient. Inflammatory breast cancer has the chances of being one of the more aggressive types but it is also one of the more rare diagnosed.

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