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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.

Related Questions

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    What stage when I have bloody discharge from nipple changed shape along with rash/bruise on breast also lumps near arm pit and lost a lot of weight very painful

    Asked by anonymous

    about 4 years 3 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Marianne is right. The first step is biopsy, but your pathology report after surgery will tell you the things that Marianne mentioned, and these results determine your stage , as well as your treatment plan.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You need to be diagnosed first. The type, size, grade, and lymph node involvement determine your stage.

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    How do you know if a lump is cancerous?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Kelly Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      A biopsy will be able to determine of a lump is malignant.

      Comment
    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They will usually do a biopsy to determine if it's cancerous

      Comment
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    is there bad side effects from arimidex

    Asked by anonymous

    about 4 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I was on it for 5 years. Everyone is different. I had some joint pain but walking, staying active, Tylenol arthritis formula and yoga helped. The benefits outweighed the side effects. Wishing you minimal side effects! Keep the questions coming! We care about you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I sweated LIKE A PIG! It was worth every single drop to starve any lingering cancer cells from the hormones they needed to grow.

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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 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

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