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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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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    26 year old her 1 positive stage 2b 3 nosds pos. I get my last chemo April 19th ! I have been really strong for the most part threw this chemo! I find I am getting scared for my future as the chemo is coming to an end .. Did u worrie bout your future ?

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    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 8 years 12 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have heard this many, many, times! People have a sense of loss when they are coming to the end of their chemotherapy. You feel protected and cared for during your treatment and all of a sudden, it is over. So for everyone who has this feeling, it is oh so common. You are like a fledgling...

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      I have heard this many, many, times! People have a sense of loss when they are coming to the end of their chemotherapy. You feel protected and cared for during your treatment and all of a sudden, it is over. So for everyone who has this feeling, it is oh so common. You are like a fledgling getting pushed out into the world to fly on your own. I on the other hand, counted the days until I was done and although I liked everybody, I was thrilled to get back to my life, my horses, and my HAIR! I think this feeling of a little bit of loss, and this safe caccoon, is something that will fade as you transition to another part of your treatment or back to your regular life. My congratulations for being done with your chemo..... YAHOOO!!! You will continue to be strong but you are saying good bye to this part of your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'll be finished May 8th with chemo and I too feel apprehensive. Chemo has really tired me out and the affects of it are becoming more but still there's the comforting thought that chemo is fighting the cancer. I keep thinking that I must take one day at a time. There are still more procedures to...

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      I'll be finished May 8th with chemo and I too feel apprehensive. Chemo has really tired me out and the affects of it are becoming more but still there's the comforting thought that chemo is fighting the cancer. I keep thinking that I must take one day at a time. There are still more procedures to go through to be cancer free.

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  • Nancy Wing Profile

    I was diagnosed with stage 0 DCIS. I had a single left mastectomy on 11/8/11. I am so scared it is going to happen on the other side. I started on tomaxifin to help reduce my risk. Does anyone know what the chances are it can happen on the other side?

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    Stage 0 Patient
    about 8 years 4 answers
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    • Donna Gray Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had stage 0 DCIS. I opted for a double mastectomy. I am 47 and did not want to spend the rest of my life worrying about getting it in my other breast. When the final pathology report came back after my mastectomy they found abnormal cells in the other breast. So for me I made the best decision....

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      I had stage 0 DCIS. I opted for a double mastectomy. I am 47 and did not want to spend the rest of my life worrying about getting it in my other breast. When the final pathology report came back after my mastectomy they found abnormal cells in the other breast. So for me I made the best decision. Best of luck to you.

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I am like Donna had ductal carcinoma in situ 2003 had bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies they did find abnormal cells in other breast. 2008 had a reoccurrence on incisional line on affected breast. Again caught early had further bilateral simple mastectomies with negative lymph nodes. There is...

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      I am like Donna had ductal carcinoma in situ 2003 had bilateral subcutaneous mastectomies they did find abnormal cells in other breast. 2008 had a reoccurrence on incisional line on affected breast. Again caught early had further bilateral simple mastectomies with negative lymph nodes. There is no perfect treatment or "cure" for breast cancer even with mastectomies it us impossible to get all the breast tissue out unless they go back to the radical mastectomies of the old days. Main thing is to be your own advocate make sure you continue to have mammograms or breast ultrasounds. Early detection saves lifes. We all have in the back of our minds the "what if it comes back" thought. Even those that are 20 and 30 year survivors. Remember you are a survivor, and always try to stay positive. Don't let the negative thoughts interfere in a productive happy life. I always say no matter what there is something to be thankful for every day take care

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    What is the survial rate for stage 1 ductal cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, stage 1 has an excellent survival rate. Good luck to you!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have read that the survival rate is 98%. It is important to keep a positive attitude and outlook. And remember God loves you and will help you through it if you ask. I went through surgery and radiation this summer and this is what I have done.

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  • Rafi Togoo Profile

    How helpful is surgery for patients with stage 4 breast cancer with bone mets? - With chemotherapy and herceptin, the patient has shown significant response.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Lisa Yurus Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom was just diagnosed with Stage 4 breast with mets to bone. She is going to have a mastectomy after 5 cycles of taxotere/carboplatin/herceptin. This is what her oncologist is recommending. He is one of the best in Florida.

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    • Rafi Togoo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Waiting for a response

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