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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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  • Anna Gregorich Profile

    What is DCIS in breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Evelyn Yung Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's ductal carcinoma in situ - the cancer cells are inside the duct n haven't become invasive yet. I got diagnosed with it 2 weeks ago n had a surgery done last week. It was shocking but all went well. So I trust that it is very manageable in today's medical technology :-)

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    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ductal Carcinoma In Situ - DCIS - is also sometimes referred to as Stage 0 breast cancer because it is not invasive - it has not travelled beyond the cell membranes in which it has appeared. It is a controversial name as some researchers claim it should not be called cancer, but something else. ...

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      Ductal Carcinoma In Situ - DCIS - is also sometimes referred to as Stage 0 breast cancer because it is not invasive - it has not travelled beyond the cell membranes in which it has appeared. It is a controversial name as some researchers claim it should not be called cancer, but something else. Only a percentage of DCIS proceed to become invasive breast cancer. Sometimes DCIS spontaneously regresses and even goes away and other times it proceeds to become invasive and therefore much more threatening. We currently do not have a 100% reliable diagnostic tool to tell us which category our DCIS falls in. This is why some women with DCIS have full blown treatment including mastectomy. Others take a less aggressive approach. This depends on your personal taste for risk, the results of your histopathology report and discussions with your treating team.

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  • Cassandra Wolff Profile

    Will the stage of breast cancer go down after chemotherapy and/or mastectomies?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No evidence of disease is after surgery chemo and or radiation. NED days is basically the all clear.
      You had stage /-- before treatment and look
      Forward to NED days.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is my understanding that your treatment/surgeries don't reduce the stage of cancer. Staging is based on the size of tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. There is a great video on the learn section of this site. I was stage 2 and 10 years later I still I...

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      It is my understanding that your treatment/surgeries don't reduce the stage of cancer. Staging is based on the size of tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. There is a great video on the learn section of this site. I was stage 2 and 10 years later I still I have a "history" of stage 2 bc. Let us know what your doctor's answer is. Keep the questions coming! We are here for you!

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    I will have a lumpectomy and maybe removal of the lymph nodes next week... I am very afraid of this all... what should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask your doc lots if questions, depend on your friends and family for love and support, and access your local breast cancer survivorship center. Know that many women have dealt with this and survived. Know that you too can survive this!!!

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    • JANICE REMUS Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I will have my surgery one week after you. So fear, anxiety, I believe is a normal reaction.
      I am just concentrating on living one hour to one hour or one day at a time. I am also a Christian so I pray and turn this over to God. This actually helps me and I don't know how else to handle it....

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      I will have my surgery one week after you. So fear, anxiety, I believe is a normal reaction.
      I am just concentrating on living one hour to one hour or one day at a time. I am also a Christian so I pray and turn this over to God. This actually helps me and I don't know how else to handle it.

      I hour of anxiety will not add one moment of life but one moment of Trust in Jesus will add 1 hour of peace to yours, Trust him and let your Faith grow to days of fulfillment and peace in your life. We all need a way to deal with this - I am just sharing - this is mine

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    Is stage 4 fatal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Debbir Calvert Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I had breast cancer 12 years ago, a friend of mine had stage 4 breast cancer. It has been 12 years, and she is doing just fine. Faith and hope are the two words to remember. 

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      how long do stage 4 caner patients live

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