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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

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    My cancer is stage 1, but my grade is a 3, will that change the type of treatment I will have?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your...

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      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your individual cells change your treatment from all the other women with breast cancer. Hang in there....This is a great group of women on this site and we'd love to help and support you as you are going through your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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  • susan trego Profile

    Thanks guys, I spoke to the docs and explained what the lump was like. he wants me in first thing tomorrow. why do doctor ask if they hurt xx

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Benign cysts can be quite painful. Very glad your doctor is seeing you so quickly. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Somethings can cause pain and others not so they probably wanted to get some ideas before seeing you as to what it could or could not be.

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  • Carly Zehner Profile

    My mother is going to start her 3-month treatment of TCH next week. Has anyone been through this treatment? If so, what where your side effects during treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Rotem Adar Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just confirming that by TCH you mean Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. I just finished my chemo regimen in January. Everyone is different but I had food aversions, weight gain from the steroids, my hair fell out (though not completely, I never actually went bald, but I did shave it GI Jane...

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      Just confirming that by TCH you mean Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. I just finished my chemo regimen in January. Everyone is different but I had food aversions, weight gain from the steroids, my hair fell out (though not completely, I never actually went bald, but I did shave it GI Jane style), and the worst side effect was from the Neulasta shot (white blood cell booster) shot I had to take the day after chemo. It causes flu like symptoms. Oh, a few other symptoms from the chemo was a lot of exhaustion and fatigue, and I'm not sure if this tied in to the fatigue but it hurt me too much to wear high heels. I'm sure it had to do with my body being so tired. Hope this helps!

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  • rosalind hopkins Profile

    After bilateral, infiltrating lobular, can cancer cells move through chest walls later on?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2008
    almost 9 years 2 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Unfortunately, Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma (also known as Invasive Lobular Carcinoma - ILC) has the potential to spread or metastasize to other parts of your body. Even though at first these cancer cells are in the lining of your milk lobes, they have the capability to invade or infiltrate...

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      Unfortunately, Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma (also known as Invasive Lobular Carcinoma - ILC) has the potential to spread or metastasize to other parts of your body. Even though at first these cancer cells are in the lining of your milk lobes, they have the capability to invade or infiltrate the nearby tissue outside the lobes, including the chest wall. It is important to continue to follow-up with your healthcare provider and keep an eye on this possibility.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Gladys Varela Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Scary, because I just had bilateral mastectomy and my lymph nodes came negative too. But will be scary to find out if I other tissues were affected or will be.

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