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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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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    26 year old her 1 positive stage 2b 3 nosds pos. I get my last chemo April 19th ! I have been really strong for the most part threw this chemo! I find I am getting scared for my future as the chemo is coming to an end .. Did u worrie bout your future ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 6 years 12 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'll be finished May 8th with chemo and I too feel apprehensive. Chemo has really tired me out and the affects of it are becoming more but still there's the comforting thought that chemo is fighting the cancer. I keep thinking that I must take one day at a time. There are still more procedures to...

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      I'll be finished May 8th with chemo and I too feel apprehensive. Chemo has really tired me out and the affects of it are becoming more but still there's the comforting thought that chemo is fighting the cancer. I keep thinking that I must take one day at a time. There are still more procedures to go through to be cancer free.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I have heard this many, many, times! People have a sense of loss when they are coming to the end of their chemotherapy. You feel protected and cared for during your treatment and all of a sudden, it is over. So for everyone who has this feeling, it is oh so common. You are like a fledgling...

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      I have heard this many, many, times! People have a sense of loss when they are coming to the end of their chemotherapy. You feel protected and cared for during your treatment and all of a sudden, it is over. So for everyone who has this feeling, it is oh so common. You are like a fledgling getting pushed out into the world to fly on your own. I on the other hand, counted the days until I was done and although I liked everybody, I was thrilled to get back to my life, my horses, and my HAIR! I think this feeling of a little bit of loss, and this safe caccoon, is something that will fade as you transition to another part of your treatment or back to your regular life. My congratulations for being done with your chemo..... YAHOOO!!! You will continue to be strong but you are saying good bye to this part of your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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    my friend undergoes 3 times lymph removal surgery.recently she is again diagnosed with a swelling in left breast.earlier biopsy results was negative.is it cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 year 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have they done a biopsy on her lymph nodes to see why they keep swelling? Lymph nodes will swell when there is an infection somewhere in her body to help fight off an infection. has she been sick lately?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Has she has any other tests like an MRI? If she has had 3 biopsy's, in those places biopsied, there was no cancer found. Can she go someplace else for a second opinion? Swelling doesn't automatically mean cancer, it is just the worst case scenario. They look for that and if it is negative,...

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      Has she has any other tests like an MRI? If she has had 3 biopsy's, in those places biopsied, there was no cancer found. Can she go someplace else for a second opinion? Swelling doesn't automatically mean cancer, it is just the worst case scenario. They look for that and if it is negative, they need to look for something different that is causing the swelling.. This could be a hormone related problem. It is difficult for us to say what is causing it and if it is not cancer. We have no idea and since we are not doctor's we are just taking a wild guess. Tell her to get a second opinion. Take care, Sharon

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  • GordonandMargaret Lomax Profile

    What is noninvasive slow growing cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • GordonandMargaret Lomax Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Once again I say thank you. Everything came out all margins clear. Now I start 5 weeks of radiation treatment. Then hopefully that will be that.

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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Atumor that has to be removed ASAP because is just the beginning and you better don't take any chances!

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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
    almost 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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