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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 2 - Stage 0 & 1

Stage 0
Stage 0, DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) is a noninvasive cancer where abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct.

Even though Stage 0 cancer is still noninvasive, it does require immediate treatment and is typically treated with surgery or radiation, or a combination of the two. Chemotherapy is not part of the treatment regimen for earlier stages of cancer.

Stage 1
In Stage 1 invasive breast cancer, the tumor has not exceeded 2cm (0.8in). Although it’s considered to be invasive, it has not yet spread to any surrounding lymph nodes or outside the breast tissue.

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    Stage 3c - is this serious without getting treated?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 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

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  • Rosanna Wieder Profile

    Had a lumpectomy and all lymph nodes removed on the left side 10 days ago. My right arm has been hurting a lot. I don't understand. Has anyone had this problem? Port was put in on right chest side. Any connection?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same issue. Surgery on right side, port on left. About 6 months after my last chemo, my arm on left side started going numb. I talked to my oncologist and he thought it was maybe a small blood clot where the port goes into the vein. I got my port removed (I was done with it anyway)...

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      I had the same issue. Surgery on right side, port on left. About 6 months after my last chemo, my arm on left side started going numb. I talked to my oncologist and he thought it was maybe a small blood clot where the port goes into the vein. I got my port removed (I was done with it anyway) and the numbness has gone away.

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same issue. Surgery on right side, port on left. About 6 months after my last chemo, my arm on left side started going numb. I talked to my oncologist and he thought it was maybe a small blood clot where the port goes into the vein. I got my port removed (I was done with it anyway)...

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      I had the same issue. Surgery on right side, port on left. About 6 months after my last chemo, my arm on left side started going numb. I talked to my oncologist and he thought it was maybe a small blood clot where the port goes into the vein. I got my port removed (I was done with it anyway) and the numbness has gone away.

      Comment
  • 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?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 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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  • barb loevy Profile

    What is the survival rate if the lymph nodes are involved?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 1 answer
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If the cancer hasn't spread past the lymph nodes then the survival rate is good. I was stage 3 with lymph node involvement and I am now cancer free but going through preventative chemo, radiation,

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