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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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    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.

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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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

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    Do you all realize that if someone Google searches your name in quotes all your posts to this site will come up? I am concerned! I am job hunting!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 13 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Greetings Anoymous,

      I am so thankful that God has given me another chance at life. After being diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 A grade 3 Breast Cancer {51/2} years ago. I promised myself and God that since I was chosen to make a difference I would share any and all information about the...

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      Greetings Anoymous,

      I am so thankful that God has given me another chance at life. After being diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 A grade 3 Breast Cancer {51/2} years ago. I promised myself and God that since I was chosen to make a difference I would share any and all information about the journey I had to go through to get where I am today. Most importantly for me is that I want the world to know that being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence and that early detection is the key. I will always be willing to share my story with anyone on or off this site. And if any employer would not accept you for employment because of your diagnoses I beleive will reap what they sow! None of us asked to be diagnosed with breast cancer and know one knowes what is manifesting in their bodies. It's so sad that public records information is shared on the internet so why not share informtion that could save a life. Stay encouraged. I promise you that I will keep you in my prayers as you continue to seek employment. I feel in my heart that you will be blessed to find a job for who you are, including your skills and not because you were diagnosed with breast cancer. By the way after I was diagnosed I also started having luncheons, bake sales silent auctions and educational events at work in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise monies for Cancer Organizations and to bring awareness to my females and male co-workers. To my surprise the participation by my co-workers continues to be100% and the monies raised grows higher each year. Keep me posted, Love and Blessings Your Proud Sister Of Hope!!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes Yes ladies!!!!! I am so proud to be a survivor!!! Very well said!!! I feel thankful everyday to come through all this and I don't mind telling the world. If an employer has a problem with that...I wouldn't want to work for them anyway!!!

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  • Renee Boone Profile

    I am on my second round of chemo and herceptin drug for stage 1 breast cancer and stage 2 lymph node positive her 2. Now I am having pain in stomach and ribcage, want ot know if that's normal. No other pain anywhere else.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Karrie Cameron Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Flu-like symptoms may occur after treatment. This includes fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint aches, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose. Diarrhea may occur. You are at a greater risk of having infections due to low whit blood cell count. You may feel some general pain, trouble...

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      Flu-like symptoms may occur after treatment. This includes fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint aches, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose. Diarrhea may occur. You are at a greater risk of having infections due to low whit blood cell count. You may feel some general pain, trouble sleeping. Hope this helps. I start my herceptin on jan 30th.

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    • Kelly Leigh Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would recommend navigatecancerfoundation.org for excellent answers to questions like this. The nurse I speak with has been an oncology nurse for 29 years and answers are usually back within a day. It is sponsored by LIVESTRONG, no charge to cancer patient. Let us know!

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  • Aleeza Chaudhry Profile

    My mom has about two more months of chemo, five weeks of radiation, and five years of tamoxifen left for her treatment. She keeps asking when her life and body will go back to normal. Any idea of when her body will start recovering after chemo/radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      After chemo an rad it took my body almost 2-1/2 months. I wish I could say sooner but it was almost at the 3 month mark.
      Praying hers is much sooner. Tell her to hang in there. It will get better. For now take advantage and rest.
      God, water, walk in that order and u can survive anything.

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      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      She's in the worst of it right now and it can be discouraging. I am 4 months post chemo and 8 weeks post radiation and I am feeling pretty good, but at night I am still physically exhausted.
      She will develop a new level of normal after all this. Once chemo is over keep her busy with family things...

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      She's in the worst of it right now and it can be discouraging. I am 4 months post chemo and 8 weeks post radiation and I am feeling pretty good, but at night I am still physically exhausted.
      She will develop a new level of normal after all this. Once chemo is over keep her busy with family things and things she used to do. It will really help.

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