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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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    Is flax seeds okay to use if you Are/were er/pr

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    Survivor since 2013
    over 4 years 5 answers
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    • Leslie Stoddard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My breast surgeon had me start taking flax seed ok. In a recent study, it is quite possible that flax seed oil or fish oil along with vitamin d3 and green tea and other anti oxidants can help prevent breast cancer. I don't want to go through it again, soIm drinking green tea and taking flax seed...

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      My breast surgeon had me start taking flax seed ok. In a recent study, it is quite possible that flax seed oil or fish oil along with vitamin d3 and green tea and other anti oxidants can help prevent breast cancer. I don't want to go through it again, soIm drinking green tea and taking flax seed oil and vitamin d3.

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    • Bonnie Steinhardt Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My Onco said its great to take ????

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    What Kind Of Impact Does Stress Have On Breast Cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have to say that I do believe stress is a huge factor in my getting breast cancer. My husband and I lost our company, then our jobs and then our home in 2009. I kept telling him that one of us were going to get cancer because of all the stress. And sure enough I was diagnosed on July 23, 2010...

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      I have to say that I do believe stress is a huge factor in my getting breast cancer. My husband and I lost our company, then our jobs and then our home in 2009. I kept telling him that one of us were going to get cancer because of all the stress. And sure enough I was diagnosed on July 23, 2010 with Stage 1B breast cancer.

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    • anonymous Profile
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      Although some studies have shown that factors such as traumatic events and losses can alter immune system functions, these studies have not provided any evidence of a direct cause-and-effect relationship between stress and breast cancer. An area currently being studied is whether or not stress...

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      Although some studies have shown that factors such as traumatic events and losses can alter immune system functions, these studies have not provided any evidence of a direct cause-and-effect relationship between stress and breast cancer. An area currently being studied is whether or not stress reduction can improve immune response and slow progression in women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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  • anonymous Profile

    Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Laura Gaspard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Exercise pumps up the immune system and lowers estrogen levels. With as little as four hours of exercise per week, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes!!!!! It is the one research proven thing that can help... Needs to be 150 minutes per week of aerobic - not yoga or palates- per week for menopausal women!

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    what is the difference between triple negative breast cancer and mestatic breast cancer

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    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      This is my understanding of the 2 but I'm not a doctor. Triple negative means the tumor is negative for Estrogen, Progesterone, and the HER2 factors. Metastatic BC means it has spread outside the breast to other areas of the body. There are some great videos on this site that explain things in...

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      This is my understanding of the 2 but I'm not a doctor. Triple negative means the tumor is negative for Estrogen, Progesterone, and the HER2 factors. Metastatic BC means it has spread outside the breast to other areas of the body. There are some great videos on this site that explain things in easy to understand phrases, etc.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Indeed.
      The negative is assessment of how it feeds. The other assesses location beyond the breast. Lymph node involvement though is not considered this.

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