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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 3 - Stage 2

Stage 2 invasive breast cancer is divided into two categories, based upon the size of the tumor and whether or not the cancer has spread to surrounding lymph nodes.

Stage 2A

Stage 2A invasive breast cancer can be broken down into a number of different conditions.

It can signify that there is no tumor present, but the cancer has spread to the axillary lymph nodes. It can also mean that the tumor is still 2 cm (0.8in) or smaller and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes or that the the tumor is between 2cm (0.8in) and 5cm (2in), but has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes.

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    Looking for someone who has had stage 2 Infiltrating lobular carcinoma

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  • Michele Aboro Profile

    Hi I have just had sugary on stage 2b cancer and wanted to ask about what food is the best to eat before I start chemotherapy. Thanks Michele

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    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were...

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      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were my savior and kept my hydrated when I was t drinking fluids. Which I was all the time. Be hydrated before during and after, so your body can flush out the toxins as fast as possible. Eat what you want before, but try to keep your nora

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I pretty much ate normally, which tends to be healthy. The

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    Has anyone had an axillary lymph node biopsy and why?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Yes I had sore enlarged nodes and they did an ultrasound and then a biopsy. I had a node dissection and had 9 of 11 positive nodes. Going thru chemo now and have three more infusions. I had an initial diagnosis almost five years ago and had chemo, radiation and mastectomy. Listen to your...

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      Yes I had sore enlarged nodes and they did an ultrasound and then a biopsy. I had a node dissection and had 9 of 11 positive nodes. Going thru chemo now and have three more infusions. I had an initial diagnosis almost five years ago and had chemo, radiation and mastectomy. Listen to your instincts. My doc thought this was nothing to worry about. :(

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I did and it was positive. I could actually feel the lymph node about halfway between my armpit and breast - it felt like a bean - and I had a needle guided biopsy in addition to a biopsy on the lump I found. If there is cancer and it starts to spread it goes to the nodes so this axillary node...

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      I did and it was positive. I could actually feel the lymph node about halfway between my armpit and breast - it felt like a bean - and I had a needle guided biopsy in addition to a biopsy on the lump I found. If there is cancer and it starts to spread it goes to the nodes so this axillary node is the first one it would hit.

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    What is the life span of someone with Stage 4?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected...

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      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected early, the survival rate is dramatically increased.

      But I know of women with Stage IV breast cancer that have lived years after a diagnosis. I even read about a woman who had lived 17+ years. So, sorry about the ambiguous answer, but there is no set life span. It varies depending on the type of breast cancer and if/where it has spread.

      It's best to keep hope alive!

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    • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a...

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      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a great support system and a good oncologist has helped me persevere.

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