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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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  • Alice Eisele Profile

    What is the prognosis for metastatic Stage 4 Breast Cancer that has spread to the lung?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Nobody can say for sure. There are women who have all sorts of diagnosis's and have all sorts of different outcomes. I think one just gets the best advice, goes into treatment and lives each day they best they can. I always say you can get hit by a bus.... tomorrow!
      I think doctor's tend to be...

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      Nobody can say for sure. There are women who have all sorts of diagnosis's and have all sorts of different outcomes. I think one just gets the best advice, goes into treatment and lives each day they best they can. I always say you can get hit by a bus.... tomorrow!
      I think doctor's tend to be more hopeful, they have so many different kinds of treatment and there are also drug studies you can enroll in. Lots of times, these treatments will make these spots on lungs shrink if not disappear. I also think along with good treatment, a fighting spirit and positive attitude will bring you a long, long way. I would hope your doctor does not fill your head with anything other than a positive hopeful attitude. You GO GIRL! Hang in there!!! Sharon

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    Hi i am 15 and I am scared I might have breast cancer.one seems bigger one of my nipples has a scally itchy rash my shoulders hurt and I sometimes feel little pain in my breast.call my doctor or not could my breast just be growing?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Hi Sweetie, I am not a doctor, but I can tell you that you would be too YOUNG to have breast cancer, sounds to me like you have hormonal things going on, and that your breasts are growing. Stay away from processed foods, chemicals and exercise. Get your YEARLY check ups.. and .. Trust in the...

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      Hi Sweetie, I am not a doctor, but I can tell you that you would be too YOUNG to have breast cancer, sounds to me like you have hormonal things going on, and that your breasts are growing. Stay away from processed foods, chemicals and exercise. Get your YEARLY check ups.. and .. Trust in the Lord... XO

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Keep track of when they hurt and symptoms if still hurting etc go to your dr. If you are really scared go now( soon). It will make you feel better.

      Comment
  • debbie schubert Profile

    Has anyone else experienced not knowing the origin of their cancer? My doctors don't know where mine is but know that it is stage 4.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      My boyfriend's best friend had stage 4 cancer. He was a highly respected Oncologist no less. And....his physician never found the origin of his cancer. Best wishes Debbie. Yes, Sharon's right...please come back, there are some wonderful supportive women on here. :)

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Debbie, I will be watching for answers you receive because I haven't heard of this before. Good luck to you. This board has a lot of wonderful supportive women.

      Comment
  • Rebecca Buell Profile

    How likely am I to get breast cancer if it runs in my family?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Laura Gaspard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If you have a grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, this does put you in a higher risk group. Have a baseline mammogram at least five years before the age of breast cancer onset in any close relatives, or starting at age 35. See your physician at any...

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      If you have a grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, this does put you in a higher risk group. Have a baseline mammogram at least five years before the age of breast cancer onset in any close relatives, or starting at age 35. See your physician at any sign of unusual symptoms.

      Comment
    • Adrienne private Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      Also, you can consider getting genetic testing for the brca gene, which puts one at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Some insurance companies pay for the test.

      Comment

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