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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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    I had chemo 2 years ago for stage 3 breast cancer and lost my hair and it came back very thin and with bald spots. Has anyone else had this problem, if so what did you do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I haven't had any problems with my hair growing back personally, but I've heard Nioxin shampoo is very good for hair growth after chemo. Have you tried that?

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    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I herd coconut oil works !

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    What are some breast cancer drugs for stage 3?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I have stage 3c breast cancer. Oncologists can be different in their methods of treatment. Most later stages of breast cancer are treated with chemo first. I had 4 rounds of dose dense Adriamiacin/Cytoxin followed by 4 dose dense rounds of Taxol. They like to bring out the "big guns" for our...

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      I have stage 3c breast cancer. Oncologists can be different in their methods of treatment. Most later stages of breast cancer are treated with chemo first. I had 4 rounds of dose dense Adriamiacin/Cytoxin followed by 4 dose dense rounds of Taxol. They like to bring out the "big guns" for our stage. I was allowed to recover a few weeks after chemo. I had a new PET scan, and just had a bilateral mastectomy a few days ago. When I heal from my surgery, I will go through 6.5 weeks of radiation. Finally ....because of my being ER/PR ....I'll be put on a hormone blocker. Hopefully when I finish my radiation I'll be in remission. :) Good luck to you!

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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm stage 3 also and I'm having the same course of treatment as Diana except I had my surgery before chemo.

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  • Shelley Zipp Profile

    I just found out I have triple negative breast cancer, a form of invasive ductal carcinoma - stage 1 1.3cmm tumor, very small, but still requires llumpectomy, chemo, then radiation. What's the recovery time after a lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Has your doctor tested you for the BRCA gene mutation? If not, I would suggest doing that before moving forward with him/her. Triple negative breast cancer is most often associated with the BRCA gene mutation & if you happen to have it, you may be advised to do more than a lumpectomy. I'm no...

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      Has your doctor tested you for the BRCA gene mutation? If not, I would suggest doing that before moving forward with him/her. Triple negative breast cancer is most often associated with the BRCA gene mutation & if you happen to have it, you may be advised to do more than a lumpectomy. I'm no doctor...it's just a suggestion. I'd get a second opinion, anyway. :) Wishing you the best!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello - you know lumpectomies can vary enomormusly in size and location, as can the number and type of stitches required. All that as well as your general health and other complications such as infection means the recovery rate can vary significantly from person to person. I was discharged around...

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      Hello - you know lumpectomies can vary enomormusly in size and location, as can the number and type of stitches required. All that as well as your general health and other complications such as infection means the recovery rate can vary significantly from person to person. I was discharged around 16 hours after the operation. I had to stay overnight because of bad reaction to general anesthetic + I was a late in the day operation. I had about 57grams removed from my right inner upper quadrant and I had double stitching [underneath as well as on top]. It took about a week for the special bandages to fall off naturally. I was back doing 90 minute yoga class within a few days of the lumpectomy, so on one level it was a fast recovery BUT I needed some physiotherapy to restore my right arm mobility to about 95% of what it was - that was caused by the sentinel node biopsy though, not the lumpectomy. Many women I have spoken to say they experience more problems from the sentinel node biopsy rather than the lumpectomy. The lumpectomy is a fat removal essentially whereas the sentinel node biopsy is close to a lot of nerves and pathways and muscles so this is not unexpected.

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  • Babe B Profile

    After a mastectomy, how long till the drip tubes come off and when can I drive my vehicle?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I just ha my mastectomy on Oct. 24th. I had my follow up visit a couple of days ago. My doc removed the steri strips and said I would be able to have my drains removed when sack one produced less than 24ml of fluid in a 24 hr period. So ll have to wait a little longer. Normally it can be anywhere...

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      I just ha my mastectomy on Oct. 24th. I had my follow up visit a couple of days ago. My doc removed the steri strips and said I would be able to have my drains removed when sack one produced less than 24ml of fluid in a 24 hr period. So ll have to wait a little longer. Normally it can be anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the amount of fluids produced. I was told I couldn't drive for two weeks.

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    • Natasha Nunnally Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had my surgery bilateral mastectomy on 10/21. I still have my drains in and I'm able to drive occasionally depending on how I'm feeling that day. Although its never that far from home. Everyone heals differently and everyone goes through a different range of emotions. So really I think it...

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      I had my surgery bilateral mastectomy on 10/21. I still have my drains in and I'm able to drive occasionally depending on how I'm feeling that day. Although its never that far from home. Everyone heals differently and everyone goes through a different range of emotions. So really I think it depends on the person.

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