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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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  • anonymous Profile

    Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Laura Gaspard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Exercise pumps up the immune system and lowers estrogen levels. With as little as four hours of exercise per week, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer.

      1 comment
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes!!!!! It is the one research proven thing that can help... Needs to be 150 minutes per week of aerobic - not yoga or palates- per week for menopausal women!

      Comment
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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones,...

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      I have stage 3C as well. Yes, it is extremely important that you get treated! Stage 3C has extensive lymph node involvement. Our stage is one step from stage 4 and could easily turn into 4 if left untreated. Stage four is when breast cancer metastasizes (spreads) to other organs, such as bones, liver, brain, lungs, etc. I'm not trying to scare you but I want you to be one of the survivors! Please get treated. Some people say the treatments are worse than the disease. Not true in my opinion. Sure, the treatments don't make you feel good....BUT it doable! And you want to live!

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is very serious. I am a stage 3 also. Without treatment, the cancer will spread to other organs

      Comment
  • Brook Thompson Profile

    How can you go through cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Sherry Barger Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just found out almost 3 weeks ago I had breast cancer. First it started as dcis stage 0 then I had MRI and they found another mass 4cm that was invasive. So now I have another biopsy on Tuesday. It's hard but you have to have faith and just live day by day. That's all we can ever do.

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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      First it takes COURAGE; Courage is doing what you must do when doing what you must do is the hardest thing of all.
      Then you need FAITH; an assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.
      Lots of HOPE; Just when the little caterpillar thought...

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      First it takes COURAGE; Courage is doing what you must do when doing what you must do is the hardest thing of all.
      Then you need FAITH; an assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.
      Lots of HOPE; Just when the little caterpillar thought her life was over she became a beautiful butterfly.
      And most of all LOVE; Love from all your friends and family praying in your behalf. Love from fellow survivors who show you it can be done. Love of life.

      You go through cancer ONE DAY AT A TIME!

      Comment
  • sandy glisman Profile

    Are high radon levels in a home, a cause of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    over 8 years Answer

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