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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 3 - Stage 2

Stage 2 invasive breast cancer is divided into two categories, based upon the size of the tumor and whether or not the cancer has spread to surrounding lymph nodes.

Stage 2A

Stage 2A invasive breast cancer can be broken down into a number of different conditions.

It can signify that there is no tumor present, but the cancer has spread to the axillary lymph nodes. It can also mean that the tumor is still 2 cm (0.8in) or smaller and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes or that the the tumor is between 2cm (0.8in) and 5cm (2in), but has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes.

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  • Cindy Morgan Cochran Profile

    Is stage 4 considered really bad?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Cindy,

      All cancers are staged. The Stages are 1 through 4, with 4 being the most involved. The treatment for Stage 4 is complex and can last a lot longer than treatment for Stages 1 through 3.

      You don't indicate whether you are the patient. It doesn't matter. The first thing I tell...

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      Hi Cindy,

      All cancers are staged. The Stages are 1 through 4, with 4 being the most involved. The treatment for Stage 4 is complex and can last a lot longer than treatment for Stages 1 through 3.

      You don't indicate whether you are the patient. It doesn't matter. The first thing I tell anyone who is diagnosed with cancer is, don't go to the internet. There is a lot of misinformation out there and you want to get a true, accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and if you want, a prognosis. The best person to do that is your doctor.

      With Stage 4 cancer, you might want to seriously consider getting additional opinion(s). There are a number of hospitals in the U.S. that are considered "the best" for cancer treatment. Two of them are M.D. Anderson in Houston, and Sloan Kettering in New York.
      Your doctor should be able to recommend physicians at those hospitals if you want a second opinion.

      Yes, Stage 4 is very serious. I hope that others who are or have been Stage 4 patients will chime in here and tell you their experience(s). If you are the patient, best of luck to you.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have a friend who was stage 4 ( mets in her lung) and she is 7 years cancer free!

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    What does T1 cN1 mi MO mean?

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a...

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      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a relatively small number of cancer cells in the lymph node.
      M0 - means there are no metastases in any other part of the body

      Because it was classified as N1mi instead of regular N1, this would describe a stage IB rather than stage II breast cancer. So worse than stage IA, but better than Stage II.

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Look up "pathology results" on the internet. I got great information from doing that.

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    What does it mean when it says 98% live a year with stage 2... when the charts say its a 98% expectancy for 8 years what does that actually mean???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Sharon. When I was newly diagnosed I looked at the stats online. For one thing, they're very outdated. And for another, every woman is different. I stopped looking at stats and when I did choose to go online, I looked up survivor stories instead. :)

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality,...

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      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality, treatments have become so advanced between my 1st bout in 2000 and my second in 2011 that I meet people in the chemo room who have had advanced cancer for several years or more. They come in for regular "boosts" of chemo and go on and live their lives.

      So don't jump to any conclusions based on statistics. Rely on your doctor and ask him any questions you may have.

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  • umar draz Profile

    Is Stage 4 breast cancer cureable?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 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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