loading... close

Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 4 - Stage 3

Stage 3 invasive breast cancer includes various types of cancer. It is primarily based on the location and number of lymph nodes to which the cancer has spread, but it can also depend on the size of the tumor and if the chest wall or skin have been affected.

Stage 3A

Stage 3A is when the tumor is less than 2cm (0.8in) and the cancer has spread to connecting axillary (underarm) lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone. Stage 3A can also mean that the tumor is larger than 5cm (2in) and the cancer has spread to axillary lymph nodes that may be connected or lymph nodes near the breastbone.

Stage 3B

At Stage 3B the tumor can be any size and the cancer has either spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast or to connecting axillary (underarm) lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone.

Stage 3C

In Stage 3C the tumor may be any size and is affecting the chest wall and/or skin of the breast. It has also spread to the lymph nodes near the collarbone.

Stage 3C breast cancer is divided into two types: operable and inoperable. Operable Stage 3C means that cancer has spread to ten or more axillary lymph nodes or that it has been found in lymph nodes below the collarbone. Cancer is considered inoperable Stage 3C when it has spread to lymph nodes above the collarbone.

Related Questions

  • nancy  wilcox Profile

    Did anyone experience tingling in their fingers when your axillary nodes were inflamed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Julie,

      yes with the finger tingles [tended to be thumb and next two fingers] however mine was related to after effects of Sentinel Node Biopsy. I had sentinal node under right armpit removed during surgery and tested for cancer cells while still under anethethic. No cancer cells were found so no...

      more

      Julie,

      yes with the finger tingles [tended to be thumb and next two fingers] however mine was related to after effects of Sentinel Node Biopsy. I had sentinal node under right armpit removed during surgery and tested for cancer cells while still under anethethic. No cancer cells were found so no further lymph nodes were removed.

      I found in weeks after surgery the rotation/range of motion in right shoulder got more and more limited and the finger tingles started. The physiotherapist i consulted said the finger tingles were related to nerves that had been disturbed/injured during the sentinel node surgery. I had a series of exercises to retain full range of motion in right shoulder and stretching exercises that ensured the lines of nerves etc in my right arm did not tighten and contract. My persisting with these physiotherapy exercises, the tingling would intensify immediately around the exercise period, but over a few months it gradually reduced to the point where it rarely happens these days. The physiotherapist said it was good I had come in within weeks of surgery when the problem first happened as it meant I was able to stretch scar tissue and nerves so they did not "set" in a tight position that caused irritation. Softening scars and lengthening nerves is harder work the longer you leave it.
      Tingles in right arm and right fingers can be associated with heart disease.
      Tingles in fingers especially in your dominant hand can be associated with carpel tunnel syndrome [over use by repetitive actions often cause it].
      Just reminding you that finger tingles can be associated with other things such as that or even constant sleeping on one side to ease pressure on breast cancer surgery side can also cause nerve compression and finger tingling if you are heavy, or even if you aren't, if you are constantly sleeping on one shoulder.

      Comment
    • Julie Dalton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello Nancy,
      I'm not sure whether I can be of any help, but I'll certainly try. Since I don't know how far you are on with your Chemo and/or Radiotherapy sessions I'm not able to form a proper judgement, but on what little I've read about tingling in your fingers when your Axillary nodes are...

      more

      Hello Nancy,
      I'm not sure whether I can be of any help, but I'll certainly try. Since I don't know how far you are on with your Chemo and/or Radiotherapy sessions I'm not able to form a proper judgement, but on what little I've read about tingling in your fingers when your Axillary nodes are inflamed all I can tel you is this; I had a mastectomy with 10 nodes removed last October. I did all the Exercises that they tell you to do after the Op in order to keep a full range of motion in the shoulder and arm area. Three months later, and during my Chemo sessions I discovered I had the condition they call Lymphoedema. This is brought on by loss of the Lymph nodes as I'm sure you know. Anyhow all I can tell you is that my hand is quite severely numb and tingly all of the time so obviously the nodes and the lymph and hand area are all connected and very very complimentary to each other. More than we realise I think. If you'd like to keep in touch or have any more questions then I'd be only too pleased to hear from you - my email address is; daltonfox@btinternet.com and my name is Julie. Bye for now. Take care, Julie

      1 comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    What does T1 cN1 mi MO mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
    • View all 4 answers
    • 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...

      more

      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.

      Comment
    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

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

      Comment
  • Linda Leist Profile

    How long does treatment last?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on the type and stage of the breast cancer. We are all different as far as treatment and length of time it takes. Mine took 4 months from start to finish but I was placed on 5 years of hormone treatment. Sharon

      Comment
    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hmmm - I've been in treatment for a year now and still have a few months to go. Then maybe 5 years of hormones. Stage 3, grade 3b, her 2 've. Stay strong!

      Comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    I was just diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma grade 2. Anyone out there with same situation? I am leaning towards lumpectomy, but wondering if it is the right way to go?

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 8 years 13 answers
    • View all 13 answers
    • Thumb avatar default
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I opted for a bi lateral mastectomy, it gave me more peace of mind and I am glad I did it.

      2 comments
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It would depend on so many different things. You mentioned your tumor is grade 2. Do you know what stage you are? Are you HER2 - or ? BRACA? What do your other tests results say?

      1 comment

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 1

An Early Detection Plan (EDP) significantly increases the chances of surviving breast cancer.

spread the word