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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 2 - Stage 0 & 1

Stage 0
Stage 0, DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) is a noninvasive cancer where abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct.

Even though Stage 0 cancer is still noninvasive, it does require immediate treatment and is typically treated with surgery or radiation, or a combination of the two. Chemotherapy is not part of the treatment regimen for earlier stages of cancer.

Stage 1
In Stage 1 invasive breast cancer, the tumor has not exceeded 2cm (0.8in). Although it’s considered to be invasive, it has not yet spread to any surrounding lymph nodes or outside the breast tissue.

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  • Sarah Hailes Profile

    I'm status post bilateral mastectomies and in the process of chemotherapy. My cancer is stage two and had 10 lymph nodes removed. I have lymph edema. My question is that I really want to run in the future. Is that ever going to be possible???

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      After I recovered from mastectomy And a miscarriage i walked -jogged- 3 miles every day. Then I was able to run 3-5 miles for the countdown to my chemo even that very morning before I received chemo I ran , my mantra was "screw u cancer , not gonna stop me".... Now im almost 6 weeks out of...

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      After I recovered from mastectomy And a miscarriage i walked -jogged- 3 miles every day. Then I was able to run 3-5 miles for the countdown to my chemo even that very morning before I received chemo I ran , my mantra was "screw u cancer , not gonna stop me".... Now im almost 6 weeks out of chemo but still getting Herceptin I'm back to running 3 miles everymorning "slow but steady " .. And i do strength training exercises , eventually I hope to train for a triathlon I'm no athlete by any means im just not gonna b taken down by this crap not gonna stop me ! You will get your running stride again , one step , one boob , at a time ;-)

      3 comments
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes! You can do anything you work hard enough to do. We have cancer it doesn't have us. We have to be smart but we can do and be what want.

      1 comment
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    My surgeon removed 8 lymph nodes which matched my path report BUT I just noticed my path report says "Total of lymph nodes examined (sentinel and nonsentinel): 3". Is it normal for the pathologist NOT to examine all the nodes removed??

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Sonja, I agree with Jo. When they remove lymph nodes the surgeon can usually tell is lymph nodes are positive just by appearance and texture. I had 5 nodes tested. After my surgery, my surgeon came in and told me my nodes were clear. She sent all in for a path report and one ended up...

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      Hi Sonja, I agree with Jo. When they remove lymph nodes the surgeon can usually tell is lymph nodes are positive just by appearance and texture. I had 5 nodes tested. After my surgery, my surgeon came in and told me my nodes were clear. She sent all in for a path report and one ended up being microscopically involved. Yours probably looked so clear even from the pathlogist's point of view, they just did the three that looked the least bit suspicious. You should talk to your surgeon about this and possibly the pathologist. This is a legitimate question.... I'd be wondering too. This is your body, and you don't want some nagging thing like this to wake you up at 2:00 AM .... W-O-N-D-E-R-I-N-G. Don't stop until you have the answers that give you peace of mind. You HAVE to become your own best advocate. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I was prepped for a sentinel node biopsy just prior to my lumpectomy. The first three-sentinels- were removed and found to be negative. I had one node that appeared a little different to the surgeon but he said it was soft like the others. He was looking for soft. Both the surgery path and the...

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      I was prepped for a sentinel node biopsy just prior to my lumpectomy. The first three-sentinels- were removed and found to be negative. I had one node that appeared a little different to the surgeon but he said it was soft like the others. He was looking for soft. Both the surgery path and the path that was sent off were negative on the nodes. I think he would have taken more nodes if the nodes had looked suspicious. Be sure to ask your surgeon. There was a reason for what he did, even if was being super cautious.

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  • Diane P. Profile

    how many of you have been diagnosed with 2 types of breast cancer? I was first diagnose with DCIS, then 2 weeks later, after my 2nd lumpectomy try, they found IDS.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      This exact situation happened to me and unfortunately it is not uncommon. My biopsy showed DCIS but the lumpectomy pathology revealed a 1 cm IDC (tumor). I also had two lumpectomies before finally having a mastectomy. I am sorry you are going through this but you are NOT alone!

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi I was initially dx'd with dcis and once I had my surgery they found IDC small tumor. That is very common, DCIS remains in the milk ducts, it becomes IDC when it breaks out of the ducts. It sometimes changes the course of treatment also.

      2 comments
  • Mona Assadi Profile

    I'm 26 and I have been diagnosed with stage 2. Do I need a mastectomy??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or...

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      I am 29 and based on the Size of the lump during ultrasound am borderline stage 1-2. I am doing 8 rounds of chemo before surgery in hopes of shrinking the tumor. Then only a lumpectomy will be needed. There are many different factors to consider though. Genetic testing to see if you are brca1 or brca2 positive, if there is more than one tumor, etc. Your doctor would be able to tell you if chemo first would be a good option for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. I am more than willing to to help!

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    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have had breast cancer twice. Both times I had genetic testing The results really helped in the decision process.

      Comment

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