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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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    What is a grade 3 tumor?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This depends on whether your laboratory is reporting using the English/Australian system often called the Nottingham Index or Bloom and Richardson VERSUS the American system.

      You did not say which country you were posting from.

      The answer above is correct for US and US based tumour rating...

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      This depends on whether your laboratory is reporting using the English/Australian system often called the Nottingham Index or Bloom and Richardson VERSUS the American system.

      You did not say which country you were posting from.

      The answer above is correct for US and US based tumour rating systems BUT in the Nottingham Index used in UK, Australia etc a Grade 3 means three individual scores of 1 [lowest risk] added together equals 3. Which under that system is the LOWEST score or the least aggressive form of cancer, not the more aggressive.

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    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I believe the grade is for agressiveness. 1. is mild, 2. moderate and 3. very agressive.

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    can someone develop inflammatory breast cancer in both breasts

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 4 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is surely a possibility. It is a rare form of breast cancer and the chances of having it in both breasts would probably even more rare. If you are talking about yourself or have a family member or friend who it concerned about this, get yourself or your pal to the doctor asap. This is a...

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      This is surely a possibility. It is a rare form of breast cancer and the chances of having it in both breasts would probably even more rare. If you are talking about yourself or have a family member or friend who it concerned about this, get yourself or your pal to the doctor asap. This is a very fast growing, aggressive form of breast cancer. Diagnosing quickly gives the best chances. Quit fussing... get to the doctor NOW bring your suspicions with you.

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    Has anyone considered a breast reduction after breast cancer and lumpectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had a lumpectomy on my right breast which left me lop-sided. I was able to have a breast reduction on the other side so I am now balanced again. It was a good decision and I am happy I did it. If you are considering it, make sure you get a surgeon who has done many of these procedures.

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  • norma crutchfield Profile

    What type of cancer is DCIS?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • tina piser Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      dcis is stage 0, or pre cancer. dcis can be ductal or lobular. some docs now consider dcis cancer and others pre cancer. listen to your intuition, get 2nd opinion if you aren't happy with what your doc has told you so far.

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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common NON invasive breast cancer! Ductal means is in the milk ducts. In situ, or encapsulated, means the tumor is in it's early stages, inside it's capsule. Better to understand is like a bubble that didn't rupture yet so the tissue around is,...

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      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common NON invasive breast cancer! Ductal means is in the milk ducts. In situ, or encapsulated, means the tumor is in it's early stages, inside it's capsule. Better to understand is like a bubble that didn't rupture yet so the tissue around is, probably, contaminated!

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