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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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  • kim sosa Profile

    I was diagnosed IDCS stage 2 or 3A and everyone from Dr. to my bc sisters always tell me I should be around to watch my children grow up. But then the Dr. that works with my chemo Dr. tells me my survival rate doesn't look good. Those words crushed me

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 11 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and...

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      I agree w everyone. You need another doctor who is going to be encouraging and positive and will fight with you!! I was dx w invasive ductal in Oct. It was stage 2 with nodal involvement and I am doing great. The chemo completely dissolved the tumor and I had surgery Wed to excise the tissue and nodes. I have 2 little girls and I've been fighting since the start to see them grow up. You have great survival hope but you need positive people treating you!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm...

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      That's horrible Kim! What an awful thing to say!!! Don't you listen to that. Is this your oncologist? Your doctor should be encouraging & hopeful! It's so important in your healing. No one knows but God how long you have left on this earth. I began my journey with stage 3C last May. And now I'm cancer free!!!! There is always always always hope!!!! think this doctor should be booted to the curb!

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    How long does it take an axillary node dissection to heal? I'm having pain and numbness, plus, it's difficult to sleep at night. Should I go to a PT?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yup it hurts more than the mastectomy. I had nasty lymph webbing like a "cord" from my armpit to wrist. I went to Physio and it got me full range, reduced the pain, etc. But find a good one with experience in it.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I...

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      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I also had the numbness and it's still not 100% back to normal, but I am used to it, I think. It's a slow and sometimes painful recovery. Definitely get a referral for physical therapy. There are PT's who specialize in post-mastectomy.

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  • Martha  Phillips Profile

    Has anyone lived for ten years with stage 4 breast cancer that went to your bones?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have someone in my support group that is a recurrence stage 4 with metastasis and she's totally ok and under control.

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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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 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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