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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.

Related Questions

  • 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 8 years 3 answers
    • 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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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I just looked this up on several sites... around a 1-5% of breast cancers can be inflammatory or IBC.

      Comment
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    What's the survival rate with bone metastatic?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 1 answer
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Bone metastatic is also known as Stage IV breast cancer, because this is the stage of breast cancer in which the cancer spreads the bones. The 5-year survival rate is 16%. Be sure to look at the "Learn" section, there are some great videos that include a chapter on staging. Also, here's a link...

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      Bone metastatic is also known as Stage IV breast cancer, because this is the stage of breast cancer in which the cancer spreads the bones. The 5-year survival rate is 16%. Be sure to look at the "Learn" section, there are some great videos that include a chapter on staging. Also, here's a link to the 5-year survival rates for different stages: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-Breast-Cancer/Stages.aspx

      Comment
  • susan trego Profile

    hi I found a white small hard lump on my breast underneath. it has been there for 3 weeks now, im scared to see my doctor, what could the lump be. thanks

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You won't know what the lump could be unless you make an appointment and see your doctor. It could be one of many things. Please make an appointment.

      1 comment
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It can be a lot of things. Please get it checked peace of mind is a wonderful thing. Let us know how it goes.

      2 comments
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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 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!

      2 comments
    • 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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