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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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    I have breast cancer and need financial help with doctor visits

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Can you qualify for Medicaid? You can contact a social worker at your local hospital. I also agree with doing a google search for "financial help for breast cancer treatment". I agree with checking the American Cancer Society. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Call the American Cancer Society . Or do a google search . Good luck!

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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 7 years 2 answers
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      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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    What is the survial rate for stage 1 ductal cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, stage 1 has an excellent survival rate. Good luck to you!

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have read that the survival rate is 98%. It is important to keep a positive attitude and outlook. And remember God loves you and will help you through it if you ask. I went through surgery and radiation this summer and this is what I have done.

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    How do you know if a lump is cancerous?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 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
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

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

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