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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 a lot of hip pain. Had breast cancer stage 3b chemotherapy , radiation and now on tamoxifen, why do I have so much hip pain?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Joint pain is a side effect of tamoxifen. You should let your doctor know since you have had radiation and chemo you bones may have weakened hip fractures are the most common fracture from weakened bones from what my doctor told me.

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You may want to have your Vitamin D checked to be sure you are not deficient. Low Vitamin D can also cause joint pain. Best of luck to you.

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  • Mary Webb Profile

    Can an mri say if i have cancer for sure?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 1 answer
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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    What is the survival rate of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2, Triple Negative and what are the side effects of TAC Chemo treatments?

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    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by...

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      Hi Kristine I honestly don't have a definite answer for you regarding the survival rate . I have researched and read conflicting answers. I do know that it depends on the type of breast cancer that you are diagnosed with as well as other issues. However, I hope that you are encouraged by knowing that I celebrated my 5th year of being cancer free on 8/23/11. I was diagnosed with Triple Negative, Invasive and Stage 2A. I was 52 Yrs old when diagnosed and I am now 58.
      I know that God is in control of all our lives therefore I live my life a day at a time staying focused on what is most important to me and what makes me happy no matter what and that is my family and God. Follow your Dr's Advice:) always have hope, faith and love.
      Stay encouraged and enjoy each and everyday!
      Your Sister of Hope!!

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    • Cindy Rathbun Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same...

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      Don't get caught up in numbers for "survival rate." If those statistics were important, we might never drive a car! I was diagnosed w Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Neg in Jan 2008. I had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation. This past March 2011, I felt a lump in the same breast...diagnosed DCIS, again TNBC. I elected to have bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Post op pathology showed 2 additional types of micro malignant cells waiting to happen. I feel totally at peace with my decision. Life is good. I am back to playing golf and exercising. Yoga and meditation are high priority for staying focused and strong. The path to wellness starts in our own minds...know it, believe it, and you will be better than ever!

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    What if you skip some radiation treatments? I have just been diagnosed with Stage 1, and we have a trip planned that we cannot cancel. I will undergo a lumpectomy next week followed by radiation.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would...

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      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would state that it is not in your best interest. My mother has breast cancer and has two residence. To date we have traveled and received treatment at those destinations. We have traveled and received treatment in El Paso, Alabama, Tennessee and Chicago. Hope this helps

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    • Heather Chamber Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Generally u should have at least two weeks after ur surgery b4 starting any radiation. That area needs to heal b4 they start the next phase. Good luck hun. Be strong

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