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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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  • Carrie Bates Profile

    What does a cancerous breast look like on an ultra sound?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carrie,
      Sheesh... I was WRONG.... I found a great site that shows what breast cancer lesions look like on an ultrasound. SO sorry for the former post which I deleted and put this instead. http://www.ultrasound-images.com/breast.htm This site shows many different breast cancers. Keep...

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      Carrie,
      Sheesh... I was WRONG.... I found a great site that shows what breast cancer lesions look like on an ultrasound. SO sorry for the former post which I deleted and put this instead. http://www.ultrasound-images.com/breast.htm This site shows many different breast cancers. Keep scrolling down and you do not have to download any special "viewer". Take care, Sharon

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    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Cysts look like black circles. Breast tissue white and linear. All the tissue looks like it's going in the same direction. Masses tend to be grey and quite irregular. Almost like scribble scrabble. The more irregular, More chance it's cancer.

      Comment
  • Tom Schink Profile

    My mom just got diagnosed with breast cancer (early Stage 2) and is extremely worried that she will lose her job. First, what's the likelihood of that and second, how can I try to calm this fear?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has...

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      Hi Tom, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. There are laws to protect your Mom so she won't lose her job. Tell her to go to her human resources dept. at work and file FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) papers. Her Dr. will have to fill out his part of the paperwork. This will protect her when she has to take off work for treatment. She should also inquire about any disability benefits her employer might offer. Best wishes to you and your Mom

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably ...

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      I agree with Diana. It's definitely against the law to fire someone if she has cancer.

      Keep in mind, she might be scared in general and just not voicing it because it's really hard to. I worried a lot about missing work, when really, I was scared I was going to die. There are probably deeper fears under this one about work. Not that you need to pry them outta her, but remind her she needs to take care of herself, that you're there to listen, and that you'll take her to anyone else she wants to talk to, including a support group.
      Best wishes.

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  • Lori Schanche Profile

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 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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    how long does it usually take to get over surgery from breast cancer if they remove one breast

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I wS pretty much like Betti. Betti and I also didn't have reconstruction to didn't have expanders to contend with. Expanders are uncomfortable. I never had any post-op pain and never took any pain meds. I was tired for the first couple of days but no discomfort to speak of. I was able to...

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      I wS pretty much like Betti. Betti and I also didn't have reconstruction to didn't have expanders to contend with. Expanders are uncomfortable. I never had any post-op pain and never took any pain meds. I was tired for the first couple of days but no discomfort to speak of. I was able to take care of myself, do the dishes, etc. I really thought it was easy. I started chemo at the 6 week point. . Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone heals at different rates. I had a unilateral mastectomy on a Friday and was discharged with 2 drainage tubes. I drove myself to my surgeon's office on Wednesday to see if they could come out. I also walked from her office to the hospital next door to pick up some records. I didn't...

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      Everyone heals at different rates. I had a unilateral mastectomy on a Friday and was discharged with 2 drainage tubes. I drove myself to my surgeon's office on Wednesday to see if they could come out. I also walked from her office to the hospital next door to pick up some records. I didn't have any problems other than I overdressed a little (it was mid Feb) so got pretty warm. I'm one that doesn't like lying around so went out for several short walks numerous times during the day even with the tubes in to keep myself going. I never had a need for any pain pills.

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