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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.

Related Questions

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    Is a mastectomy necessary when diagnose with DCIS?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I did not have a mastectomy with DCIS because my cancer was only 1.1 cm and I had no lymph node involvement and I had clean margins meaning the cancer was removed with surgery. I had a choice whether to have a mastectomy with chemo or lumpectomy with chemo and radiation. For me, keeping my breast...

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      I did not have a mastectomy with DCIS because my cancer was only 1.1 cm and I had no lymph node involvement and I had clean margins meaning the cancer was removed with surgery. I had a choice whether to have a mastectomy with chemo or lumpectomy with chemo and radiation. For me, keeping my breast was important and my surgeon encouraged me to go that route also. Although scarred I am extremely happy with my decision. At first it was difficult to look at, but one year later i am very content with the outcome. With cancer there are always choices with treatment and everyone is individual in what treatment/surgery they may choose.

      2 comments
    • Maria Nelson Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      What kind of surgery espy what kind of surgery did you have

      Comment
  • Connie Demarest Profile

    Is chemotherapy (except aromotase inhibitors) used for stage 1 lymph node negative breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Connie,
      You have a lot happening this week. You will get through this. Sometimes the toughest part of treatment Is waiting. I believe you will have answers when you see your oncologist this week. Stay strong.

      Comment
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes one could have chemotherapy with a stage one diagnosis. I was stage one and had chemotherapy with no lymph node involvement due to the fact that my cancer was HER2 positive.

      Comment
  • Paula Tay Profile

    I have stage 1 BC... Had a lumpectomy November 25th. Last weekend I had severe hives and my breast is redish.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes, I agree with Lysa. Contact your dr ASAP.

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a lumpectomy and did not experience hives or redness. I would contact my doctor. It's better to safe than sorry.

      Comment
  • Susan Green Profile

    My cancer was estrogen fed with none found in connecting lymph nodes. Is anyone else in this situation? And what was your treatment? And for how long?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Same as Tiffani with the chemo but I opted for a bilateral mastectomy so no radiation

      Comment
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My breast cancer was stage 2 estrogen and progesterone positive and her2 negative. I had 8 rounds of chemo (4 A/C and 4 taxol) followed by a lumpectomy. Next I will do radiation and then will be on tamoxifen for 5 years.

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