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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 4 - Stage 3

Stage 3 invasive breast cancer includes various types of cancer. It is primarily based on the location and number of lymph nodes to which the cancer has spread, but it can also depend on the size of the tumor and if the chest wall or skin have been affected.

Stage 3A

Stage 3A is when the tumor is less than 2cm (0.8in) and the cancer has spread to connecting axillary (underarm) lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone. Stage 3A can also mean that the tumor is larger than 5cm (2in) and the cancer has spread to axillary lymph nodes that may be connected or lymph nodes near the breastbone.

Stage 3B

At Stage 3B the tumor can be any size and the cancer has either spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast or to connecting axillary (underarm) lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone.

Stage 3C

In Stage 3C the tumor may be any size and is affecting the chest wall and/or skin of the breast. It has also spread to the lymph nodes near the collarbone.

Stage 3C breast cancer is divided into two types: operable and inoperable. Operable Stage 3C means that cancer has spread to ten or more axillary lymph nodes or that it has been found in lymph nodes below the collarbone. Cancer is considered inoperable Stage 3C when it has spread to lymph nodes above the collarbone.

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    I had a .4mm invasive ductal carcinoma grade 1. It was removed and I had 33 treatments of radiation. Am now taking a pill that blocks estrogen for 5 years with a less than 5% reoccurrence. (I am otherwise very healthy) Do I have a good chance of survival?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      I have(had) invasive ductal carcinoma 3 separate tumors which left me only with the option of a mastectomy I chose to have a bilateral for my own peace of mind and will undergo 8 months of chemo startin next week followed by 5 year hormone therapy just today I received my pet scan results and I...

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      I have(had) invasive ductal carcinoma 3 separate tumors which left me only with the option of a mastectomy I chose to have a bilateral for my own peace of mind and will undergo 8 months of chemo startin next week followed by 5 year hormone therapy just today I received my pet scan results and I am cancer free chemo is being done as a preventative measure because I'm only 29 it's an option u might consider cause it will kill any cells that may be floating around my oncologist said because if my age it was the best way to prevent reoccurrence I didn't new rads cause I had all the tissue removed! Best of luck to you!xoxox

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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Absolutely:)

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  • Renee Boone Profile

    I am on my second round of chemo and herceptin drug for stage 1 breast cancer and stage 2 lymph node positive her 2. Now I am having pain in stomach and ribcage, want ot know if that's normal. No other pain anywhere else.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Karrie Cameron Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Flu-like symptoms may occur after treatment. This includes fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint aches, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose. Diarrhea may occur. You are at a greater risk of having infections due to low whit blood cell count. You may feel some general pain, trouble...

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      Flu-like symptoms may occur after treatment. This includes fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint aches, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose. Diarrhea may occur. You are at a greater risk of having infections due to low whit blood cell count. You may feel some general pain, trouble sleeping. Hope this helps. I start my herceptin on jan 30th.

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    • Kelly Leigh Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would recommend navigatecancerfoundation.org for excellent answers to questions like this. The nurse I speak with has been an oncology nurse for 29 years and answers are usually back within a day. It is sponsored by LIVESTRONG, no charge to cancer patient. Let us know!

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    My sister has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with metatasis to lung and bone plus skin inflammatory cancer. The doctor has given up on further treatment. How can the family get 2nd opinion and more chemotherapy treatment.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 6 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      You can contact another breast cancer speciality center, one should never give up. There is always hope

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    • Donna Ginnings Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2001

      Absolutely never give up. I have been receiving treatment for stage 4 breast cancer for years. There is always hope. I went to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. They view cancer completely different than most places. May take some time and effort to get an appt but most places take...

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      Absolutely never give up. I have been receiving treatment for stage 4 breast cancer for years. There is always hope. I went to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. They view cancer completely different than most places. May take some time and effort to get an appt but most places take some time to get an appt. If you can't go to md go to any other cancer research or specialty center. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!! Just guessing, but I bet the dr who has given up is not an oncologist that specializes in breast cancer. There are so many options, but you have to spend the time and effort to get your sister to the right facility. She IS worth it. Healing prayers for your sister.

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  • Giselle dominguez  Profile

    My mom was recently told she was in stage 2 of breast cancer - I'm really scared and want to know how bad is stage 2?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 8 years 7 answers
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    • Janice Baker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Its going to be okay. I am a survivor that was diagnosed with stage 3c. I have completed surgery, chemo and radiation. My cancer also went into my lymph nodes. I'm praying for you and your mom.

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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Giselle,
      My sister & cousin both had triple negative breast cancer (in their lymph nodes, too) & are both survivors! My best friend is fighting stage III triple negative breast cancer right now at the age of 26 & she's kicking it's ass! Your mom will, too. If there is a family history of breast...

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      Giselle,
      My sister & cousin both had triple negative breast cancer (in their lymph nodes, too) & are both survivors! My best friend is fighting stage III triple negative breast cancer right now at the age of 26 & she's kicking it's ass! Your mom will, too. If there is a family history of breast cancer or your mom is younger than 40, you might talk to your doctor (&/or hers) about genetic testing. They have identified gene mutations that drastically increase your risk of breast & ovarian cancer. I don't mean to freak you out or imply that anyone in your family has one of these gene mutations, I am merely passing on information that might prove helpful.

      Like Diana, I recommend your mom get in touch with other women who have or have survived breast cancer. She may meet some during treatment or you can help her search for a local support group.

      And at 10 weeks pregnant, your mom has plenty of time to enjoy your pregnancy! If she begins chemo treatments or undergoes surgery soon, I'm sure just thinking about you & that little one will lift her spirits & help her fight. You ladies can get through this! I'll keep you all in my most positive of thoughts.
      Sending Love!

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