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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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  • Katherine Ehrlich Profile

    How important do you all think it is to get a 2nd opinion?? I don't know if I have the patience to wait to see another doctor!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 13 answers
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    • L Parker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did not get a second opinion because I felt comfortable with what the plan was: surgery, radiation and now Armidex. I think it depends on your type, stage, etc. to decide what is right for you. Just try to take a deep breath and take one step at a time.

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I did get a second opinion for my own peace of mind. I live in a small community with a very good small hospital nearby where I was diagnosed. They asked if I wanted a second opinion and scheduled it for me at Dana Farber in Boston. Although I was anxious to get going with treatment, I was to...

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      I did get a second opinion for my own peace of mind. I live in a small community with a very good small hospital nearby where I was diagnosed. They asked if I wanted a second opinion and scheduled it for me at Dana Farber in Boston. Although I was anxious to get going with treatment, I was to glad to have as many eyes looking at my case as possible. The only thing the two hospitals saw differently in the pathology report was my grade of cancer. In the end, I stayed with my local hospital so I could have less of a commute to chemotherapy. I also had discussions with both oncologists about how many cycles of chemo was necessary and the option of being in a clinical trial. Getting all this information delayed my treatment, but I did feel it was worth it because I was given choices in treatment and I needed that time to get more information so I could be at peace with the decisions I made.

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    Pain in armpit

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      If you had sentinel node biopsy, you will have pain under the arm. The more nodes removed, I would think it could increase the discomfort.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Would you share a little more information about what's happening with you?

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  • jo  rich Profile

    3.5 her2 reading what does tjat mean

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Jo, it means you are her-2 positive. That means your cancer cells duplicate themselves very rapidly. I too am positive. It's not the death sentence it once was, so don't worry. Thanks to a drug now available called herceptin. You will need this for one year. You will need to have chemo, usually 6...

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      Jo, it means you are her-2 positive. That means your cancer cells duplicate themselves very rapidly. I too am positive. It's not the death sentence it once was, so don't worry. Thanks to a drug now available called herceptin. You will need this for one year. You will need to have chemo, usually 6 doses. Maybe radiation. I had a bilateral mastectomy, 6 doeses of TCH every 3 weeks with a weekly dose of H in between for 6 months. Then I did the H in a triple dose every 3 weeks for 6 months. Prayers to you.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Really no oncology education from your clinic. That is disheartening. As a start watch the learn videos here. They are brief but can get you basically oriented.

      The clinic should educate you on your pathology too. If you were just diagnosed then the shock is here.

      Be brave be smart and be in...

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      Really no oncology education from your clinic. That is disheartening. As a start watch the learn videos here. They are brief but can get you basically oriented.

      The clinic should educate you on your pathology too. If you were just diagnosed then the shock is here.

      Be brave be smart and be in charge.
      Lots of good strong and healthy women here to support but your team leads. I took on ideas and they always said yes.

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