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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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    Just diagnoised with DCIS, stage 0, grade 1. Had a lumpectomy with clean margins. Not sure about radiation treatment. Do I need it?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal...

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      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal with this again.

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    • Douglas Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make...

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      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make sure they got all the abnormal cells, so nothing has a chance to spread later.

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  • Sandra Allen Profile

    i am having a double mastectomy in jan do you have depression afterwards

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sandra,
      Unless you have a problem with clinical depression it usually doesn't come along with the territory. You could have some problems feeling --down-- because it is kind of a big deal both physically and a bit mentally. Not knowing how important body image is to each and every woman, the...

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      Sandra,
      Unless you have a problem with clinical depression it usually doesn't come along with the territory. You could have some problems feeling --down-- because it is kind of a big deal both physically and a bit mentally. Not knowing how important body image is to each and every woman, the realization of the loss of a breast means different things to different women. It is difficult to predict how you will feel. My breasts are small and I didn't particularly have any attachment to them in regards to body image. I just wanted to get rid of the breast cancer and was very happy to get rid of the body part that contained it.
      I chose not to have reconstruction and have done well with a prosthesis. I was 59 when diagnosed and made this decision. It is different if women are diagnosed in their 20's, 30's, 40's etc. A large percentage of them have reconstruction which sounds like it is a long, procedure and not very comfortable. Anyway.... as for depression, if you tend to get depressed or feel down, it may be a problem but I can't say it is as a matter of fact. Hang in there darlin' you are getting rid of a lousy sneaky disease and that IS the most important thing. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well said Sharon, as usual. I had a double mastectomy about a year ago and I had very large breasts, it was a bit sad to say goodbye to them as they have been responsible for many free drinks in my life haha. But overall I am so glad I did it. I am going through reconstruction at the moment and...

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      Well said Sharon, as usual. I had a double mastectomy about a year ago and I had very large breasts, it was a bit sad to say goodbye to them as they have been responsible for many free drinks in my life haha. But overall I am so glad I did it. I am going through reconstruction at the moment and you are right Sharon it is long and uncomfortable but I would do it all again. The part of the mastectomy that I found difficult was the recovery and not being to do the things I was used to doing like driving and showering on my own. Good luck to you Sandra, you will be fine and like Sharon said you are getting rid of an awful illness and it is the best way to do it. Let us know are you going as you progress. Cheers

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  • umar draz Profile

    Is Stage 4 breast cancer cureable?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The mind is very powerful and your sister must believe she can get better. You must find a doctor that will give you hope. There are people that die from cancer when they are not that sick and people who are cured that are very sick. There are great medications that can help your sister get...

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      The mind is very powerful and your sister must believe she can get better. You must find a doctor that will give you hope. There are people that die from cancer when they are not that sick and people who are cured that are very sick. There are great medications that can help your sister get better or even live for a very long time with cancer. Remember that God loves you and will help and guide you if you ask. God bless you and I will pray for you. Please let us know how your sister progresses.

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    • Martha Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too have stage I'v breast cancer no cure yet I have four spots on my bones right now I'm keeping it under control I took radiation now I'm taking zometa and falsodex once a month I'm a believer in Jesus Christ so I think that's why I'm doing so good I've had this for ten months and doing great...

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      I too have stage I'v breast cancer no cure yet I have four spots on my bones right now I'm keeping it under control I took radiation now I'm taking zometa and falsodex once a month I'm a believer in Jesus Christ so I think that's why I'm doing so good I've had this for ten months and doing great a little pain but not bad I take it one day at a time

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      yes a family history of breast or ovarian cancer does put you at higher risk for breast cancer. talk with your doctor to have regular mammograms.

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    • France P Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I would say that a history indicates a risk of a genetic factor, wich can be a higher risk for having cancer... But that is 2 "if", and there is not only one kind of genetic cancer (BRCA), there are many other possibilities wich I think don't always involve a high risk... Best thing is to talk...

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      I would say that a history indicates a risk of a genetic factor, wich can be a higher risk for having cancer... But that is 2 "if", and there is not only one kind of genetic cancer (BRCA), there are many other possibilities wich I think don't always involve a high risk... Best thing is to talk to a specialist about that...

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