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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.

Related Questions

  • Susan Fox Profile

    What are the permanent effects of chemotherapy? Friends and I have experienced lasting changes in body systems and functions.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Wow! I just feel like there are so many.
      1. Joint pain and stiffness
      2. Loss of libido
      3. 50 point increase in cholesterol
      4. Severe pain with intercourse.
      5. Sweats - not night sweats. I get hot and sweat more easily now.

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    • Mariah Mariah Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Thanks for sharing. I thought my doctor was just brushing me off when she told me it might be due to the chemo.

      2 comments
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    I had breast cancer stage 3b now I have a solid nodule on my thyroid. What does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go and see an endocrinologist to find out!

      Comment
    • Teri Braa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am recently thru with chemo and radiation for stage 3a. They just found 7 nodules on my thyroid. 2 are 1" big. I had a thyroid biopsy last week and it was negative. The endocrinologist said there is a less than 2% chance it's related to the BC. It is apparently very common but you should def...

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      I am recently thru with chemo and radiation for stage 3a. They just found 7 nodules on my thyroid. 2 are 1" big. I had a thyroid biopsy last week and it was negative. The endocrinologist said there is a less than 2% chance it's related to the BC. It is apparently very common but you should def have it checked out.

      Comment
  • Robert Hays Profile

    How does a man know if he has breast cancer, does he have lumps and tenderness

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Robert,

      My brother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. He was having some pain in his breast, felt the area and found a lump. He tried to look at it in the mirror, rubbed the lump and had some discharge from his nipple. He was being seen by his doctor for something else the...

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      Robert,

      My brother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. He was having some pain in his breast, felt the area and found a lump. He tried to look at it in the mirror, rubbed the lump and had some discharge from his nipple. He was being seen by his doctor for something else the next week and mentioned it to his doctor. Doctor referred him for a mammogram, which confirmed a couple of suspicious lumps. He had an ultrasound, a biopsy which diagnosed infiltrating ductal carcinoma.... (JUST like mine!!!) He had a mastectomy, and a oncoDX test was made of the tissue. An oncoDX test is a predictor is the cancer was the type that would likely reoccur, thus recommending treatment with chemotherapy. The scale is from 0 to 100. 0 = no reoccurrence 100= will reoccur. His score was -0- so he was done with his treatment!!! Anyway.... even though breast cancer is relatively rare in men, it can still happen. The symptoms are the same. If you have a lump in your breast..... man-up and have it checked!!! This site or breastcancer.org. will have symptoms of breast cancer. Early detection is the key to getting rid of this sneaky disease. Hang in there... Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I would go to ur gp. Let them check it out. What I have learnt is that it's different for everyone.

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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
    almost 6 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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