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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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  • Sandra Allen Profile

    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
    about 7 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.

      Comment
  • alison white Profile

    What is the survival rate for stage 4 when it has spread to the bones?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Susan Green Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Alison, please go to the CTCA website where you can chat with a professional who deals with all types of cancer care and treatments. They were very helpful to me when I was first diagnosed. I was diagnosed with stage 2a, so can not give you an educated answer, as I believe they can. There are...

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      Alison, please go to the CTCA website where you can chat with a professional who deals with all types of cancer care and treatments. They were very helpful to me when I was first diagnosed. I was diagnosed with stage 2a, so can not give you an educated answer, as I believe they can. There are also some really great women on this site who have been through a lot of different cancers and treatments who may also help. Good luck to you! I hope someone can help you!

      Comment
  • Lori Schanche Profile

    Are any new drugs being developed to use instead of Femara (weight gain)?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 3 answers
    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I heard some people talk about a drug called fareston. Check it out, as i have no personal experience with this. Knowledge is power!!!
      Hugs to all!!!

      Comment
    •  Alma  Rosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist We have done our best but no luck,My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down,My friend recommended a pregnancy product to me of Iya Hindi root and herbs; I applied all...

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      I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist We have done our best but no luck,My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down,My friend recommended a pregnancy product to me of Iya Hindi root and herbs; I applied all the methods and technique step by step as mention in the Herbs. Within 2 weeks i am pregnant naturally without any medicine,If you looking for natural pregnancy without medicine you can use this: hindinative@yahoo.com .or WhatsApp.+19145295224 .

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    What is the survial rate for stage 1 ductal cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, stage 1 has an excellent survival rate. Good luck to you!

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have read that the survival rate is 98%. It is important to keep a positive attitude and outlook. And remember God loves you and will help you through it if you ask. I went through surgery and radiation this summer and this is what I have done.

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