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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

We will now cover the five stages of breast cancer and what to expect from each stage.

Cancer is assessed by stages ranging from 0-4; each stage represents a progression of the cancer. As the complexity of the cancer intensifies, so does the treatment required to fight it. Breast cancer is assigned to a stage based on where it began in the breast and how much of the breast and other parts of the body are affected by it.

Remember, the stage of cancer is separate from the tumor grade, which we discussed in Subchapter 3.2.

We will also review the types of cancer. First, covering the more common types of breast cancer, but also the unusual diagnoses like triple negative breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, and cancer during pregnancy.

Your responsibility, as discussed in Chapter 4, is to develop a support team, of family or friends, that will comfort and encourage you in this time.

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  • Cindy Burgess Profile

    How did cancer start?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer
  • Cindy Morgan Cochran Profile

    Is stage 4 considered really bad?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Cindy,

      All cancers are staged. The Stages are 1 through 4, with 4 being the most involved. The treatment for Stage 4 is complex and can last a lot longer than treatment for Stages 1 through 3.

      You don't indicate whether you are the patient. It doesn't matter. The first thing I tell...

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      Hi Cindy,

      All cancers are staged. The Stages are 1 through 4, with 4 being the most involved. The treatment for Stage 4 is complex and can last a lot longer than treatment for Stages 1 through 3.

      You don't indicate whether you are the patient. It doesn't matter. The first thing I tell anyone who is diagnosed with cancer is, don't go to the internet. There is a lot of misinformation out there and you want to get a true, accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and if you want, a prognosis. The best person to do that is your doctor.

      With Stage 4 cancer, you might want to seriously consider getting additional opinion(s). There are a number of hospitals in the U.S. that are considered "the best" for cancer treatment. Two of them are M.D. Anderson in Houston, and Sloan Kettering in New York.
      Your doctor should be able to recommend physicians at those hospitals if you want a second opinion.

      Yes, Stage 4 is very serious. I hope that others who are or have been Stage 4 patients will chime in here and tell you their experience(s). If you are the patient, best of luck to you.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I have a friend who was stage 4 ( mets in her lung) and she is 7 years cancer free!

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    I was just diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma grade 2. Anyone out there with same situation? I am leaning towards lumpectomy, but wondering if it is the right way to go?

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 8 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I opted for a bi lateral mastectomy, it gave me more peace of mind and I am glad I did it.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It would depend on so many different things. You mentioned your tumor is grade 2. Do you know what stage you are? Are you HER2 - or ? BRACA? What do your other tests results say?

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    What's the survival rate with bone metastatic?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 1 answer
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Bone metastatic is also known as Stage IV breast cancer, because this is the stage of breast cancer in which the cancer spreads the bones. The 5-year survival rate is 16%. Be sure to look at the "Learn" section, there are some great videos that include a chapter on staging. Also, here's a link...

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      Bone metastatic is also known as Stage IV breast cancer, because this is the stage of breast cancer in which the cancer spreads the bones. The 5-year survival rate is 16%. Be sure to look at the "Learn" section, there are some great videos that include a chapter on staging. Also, here's a link to the 5-year survival rates for different stages: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-Breast-Cancer/Stages.aspx

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