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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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    can someone develop inflammatory breast cancer in both breasts

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is surely a possibility. It is a rare form of breast cancer and the chances of having it in both breasts would probably even more rare. If you are talking about yourself or have a family member or friend who it concerned about this, get yourself or your pal to the doctor asap. This is a...

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      This is surely a possibility. It is a rare form of breast cancer and the chances of having it in both breasts would probably even more rare. If you are talking about yourself or have a family member or friend who it concerned about this, get yourself or your pal to the doctor asap. This is a very fast growing, aggressive form of breast cancer. Diagnosing quickly gives the best chances. Quit fussing... get to the doctor NOW bring your suspicions with you.

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  • Giselle dominguez  Profile

    My mom was recently told she was in stage 2 of breast cancer - I'm really scared and want to know how bad is stage 2?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 8 years 7 answers
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    • Janice Baker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Its going to be okay. I am a survivor that was diagnosed with stage 3c. I have completed surgery, chemo and radiation. My cancer also went into my lymph nodes. I'm praying for you and your mom.

      1 comment
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Giselle,
      My sister & cousin both had triple negative breast cancer (in their lymph nodes, too) & are both survivors! My best friend is fighting stage III triple negative breast cancer right now at the age of 26 & she's kicking it's ass! Your mom will, too. If there is a family history of breast...

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      Giselle,
      My sister & cousin both had triple negative breast cancer (in their lymph nodes, too) & are both survivors! My best friend is fighting stage III triple negative breast cancer right now at the age of 26 & she's kicking it's ass! Your mom will, too. If there is a family history of breast cancer or your mom is younger than 40, you might talk to your doctor (&/or hers) about genetic testing. They have identified gene mutations that drastically increase your risk of breast & ovarian cancer. I don't mean to freak you out or imply that anyone in your family has one of these gene mutations, I am merely passing on information that might prove helpful.

      Like Diana, I recommend your mom get in touch with other women who have or have survived breast cancer. She may meet some during treatment or you can help her search for a local support group.

      And at 10 weeks pregnant, your mom has plenty of time to enjoy your pregnancy! If she begins chemo treatments or undergoes surgery soon, I'm sure just thinking about you & that little one will lift her spirits & help her fight. You ladies can get through this! I'll keep you all in my most positive of thoughts.
      Sending Love!

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  • tamara carr Profile

    I have been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, stage 1. What is the best course or treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Tamara,
      Your doctor will probably give you some options. One of my friends is going through treatment for this right now. She is pre-menopausal and has several spots showing up on her mammogram that turned out to be malignant. She was hoping she could have a lumpectomy but it was too...

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      Hi Tamara,
      Your doctor will probably give you some options. One of my friends is going through treatment for this right now. She is pre-menopausal and has several spots showing up on her mammogram that turned out to be malignant. She was hoping she could have a lumpectomy but it was too widespread. She had a mastectomy and will be having reconstruction, no chemo.
      Your treatment plan depends on a lot of things on a cellular level. No two women's treatment plans seem to be the same. The pathology may be similar, with the same overall diagnosis but the treatment plans depend on that microscopic detection. Good luck to you! Sharon

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    • Jodie Brummet Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0 last year. I was able to have lumpectomy followed by radiation. I am premenopausal and take Tamoxifen. I also had negative genetic test. Ask many questions and you will find what is the best treatment path for you.

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    Can I opt out of radiation or all treatments for my Stage 1 cancer? And what would be the result if I wanted to have it later?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give...

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      I would strongly suggest getting all the treatment your dr suggests for your stage one cancer. Without treatment your stage one cancer could enter the lymph nodes and then would become invasive with a possibility of spreading to your bones, liver, lungs, etc. I am stage three and would give anything to have been caught in an earlier stage. Please get your treatments!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana. I had stage 0 breast cancer and did 30 treatments of radiation and am now taking Tamoxifen. We are very blessed. I don't want to live with regrets

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