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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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  • GordonandMargaret Lomax Profile

    What is noninvasive slow growing cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • GordonandMargaret Lomax Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Once again I say thank you. Everything came out all margins clear. Now I start 5 weeks of radiation treatment. Then hopefully that will be that.

      Comment
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Atumor that has to be removed ASAP because is just the beginning and you better don't take any chances!

      2 comments
  • Alice Eisele Profile

    What is the prognosis for metastatic Stage 4 Breast Cancer that has spread to the lung?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Nobody can say for sure. There are women who have all sorts of diagnosis's and have all sorts of different outcomes. I think one just gets the best advice, goes into treatment and lives each day they best they can. I always say you can get hit by a bus.... tomorrow!
      I think doctor's tend to be...

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      Nobody can say for sure. There are women who have all sorts of diagnosis's and have all sorts of different outcomes. I think one just gets the best advice, goes into treatment and lives each day they best they can. I always say you can get hit by a bus.... tomorrow!
      I think doctor's tend to be more hopeful, they have so many different kinds of treatment and there are also drug studies you can enroll in. Lots of times, these treatments will make these spots on lungs shrink if not disappear. I also think along with good treatment, a fighting spirit and positive attitude will bring you a long, long way. I would hope your doctor does not fill your head with anything other than a positive hopeful attitude. You GO GIRL! Hang in there!!! Sharon

      2 comments
  • Valerie Rotella Profile

    My grandmother and sister had breast cancer. What kind of cancer is hereditary?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Before you decide that cancer runs in your family, first gather some information. For each case of cancer, look at:

      Who is affected? How are we related?
      What type of cancer is it? Is it rare?
      How old was this relative when they were diagnosed?
      Did this person get more than one...

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      Before you decide that cancer runs in your family, first gather some information. For each case of cancer, look at:

      Who is affected? How are we related?
      What type of cancer is it? Is it rare?
      How old was this relative when they were diagnosed?
      Did this person get more than one type of cancer?
      Did they smoke?

      Cancer in a close relative, like a parent or sibling (brother or sister), is more cause for concern than cancer in a more distant relative. Even if the cancer was from a gene mutation, the chance of it passing on to you gets lower with more distant relatives.

      Breast cancer is a cancer that can be hereditary. A family history of breast cancer does put you at increased risk for breast cancer. A woman who has a first-degree relative (such as a mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer is about twice as likely to develop breast cancer as a woman without a family history of this cancer. Still, most cases of breast cancer, even those in close relatives, are not part of a family cancer syndrome caused by an inherited gene mutation.

      The chance that someone has an inherited form of breast cancer is higher the younger they are when they get the cancer and the more relatives they have with the disease. Inherited breast cancer can be caused by several different genes, but the most common are BRCA1 and BRCA2. Inherited mutations in these genes cause hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC). Along with breast and ovarian cancer, this syndrome can also lead to male breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, as well as some others. This syndrome is more common in women of Ashkenazi descent than it is in the general U.S. population.

      This is why it is so important for you to have an early detection plan. You can creaste a plan at www.earlydetectionplan.org. This plan takes into account your risk profile and age. Of course, if you notice any changes in your breasts, you should consult your physician.

      1 comment
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    will invasive lobular carcinoma remove the whole breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My mass was 7.3 (about the size of a hard baseball) I lost the top half of my right breast.

      Comment
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Not necessarily... There are a lot of factors involved... Stage, grade, size of the tumor, etc.

      Comment

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