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does size of lump determine stage of cancer

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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    The size is what kicked me into stage 3.
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    • Jennifer Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Me to.

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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Not necessarily .
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Cpopied from breast cancer.org: Cancer stage is based on the size of the cancer, whether the cancer is invasive or non-invasive, whether cancer is in the lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body beyond the breast.
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Cancer stage is based on the size of the cancer, whether the cancer is invasive or non-invasive, whether cancer is in the lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body beyond the breast. Many of the cancer...

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      Cancer stage is based on the size of the cancer, whether the cancer is invasive or non-invasive, whether cancer is in the lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body beyond the breast. Many of the cancer characteristics discussed in this app are not used to determine stage.

      The cancer staging system helps you and your doctor:

      understand your prognosis (the most likely outcome of the disease)
      make treatment decisions (along with other test results in your pathology report)
      Cancer stage also gives everyone a common way to describe the breast cancer so that the results of your treatment can be compared and understood.

      Cancer stage is different from cancer grade even though both use numbers. Cancer stage is 0 through IV. Cancer grade is 1 through 3. Cancer stages are:

      Stage 0

      Stage 0 is used to describe non-invasive breast cancers, such as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). In stage 0, there is no evidence of cancer cells or non-cancerous abnormal cells breaking out of the part of the breast in which they started, or getting through to or invading neighboring normal tissue.

      Stage I

      Stage I describes invasive breast cancer (cancer cells are breaking through to or invading normal surrounding breast tissue) in which:

      the tumor measures up to 2 cm AND
      no lymph nodes are involved
      Microscopic invasion is possible in stage I breast cancer. In microscopic invasion, the cancer cells have just started to invade the tissue outside the lining of the duct or lobule—the invading cancer cells can't measure more than 1 mm.

      Stage II

      Stage II is divided into subcategories known as IIA and IIB.

      Stage IIA describes invasive breast cancer in which:

      no tumor can be found in the breast, but cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes under the arm (axillary) OR
      the tumor measures 2 cm or smaller and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes OR
      the tumor is larger than 2 cm but not larger than 5 cm and has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes
      Stage IIB describes invasive breast cancer in which:

      the tumor is larger than 2 cm but no larger than 5 cm and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes OR
      the tumor is larger than 5 cm but has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes
      Stage III

      Stage III is divided into subcategories known as IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC.

      Stage IIIA describes invasive breast cancer in which either:

      no tumor is found, but cancer is found in axillary lymph nodes, which are clumped together or sticking to other structures, or cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone OR
      the cancer is any size and has spread to axillary lymph nodes, which are clumped together or sticking to other structures
      Stage IIIB describes invasive breast cancer in which:

      the cancer may be any size and has spread to the chest wall and/or skin of the breast AND
      may have spread to axillary lymph nodes, which are clumped together or sticking to other structures, or cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone
      Inflammatory breast cancer is considered at least stage IIIB. Typical features of inflammatory breast cancer include:

      reddening of a large portion of the breast skin
      the breast feels warm and may be swollen
      cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes and may be found in the skin
      Stage IIIC describes invasive breast cancer in which:

      there may be no sign of cancer in the breast or, if there is a tumor, it may be any size and may have spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast AND
      the cancer has spread to lymph nodes above or below the collarbone AND
      the cancer may have spread to axillary lymph nodes or to lymph nodes near the breastbone
      Stage IV

      Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer in which:

      the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs of the body, such as the lungs, distant lymph nodes, skin, bones, liver, or brain.
      The words used to describe stage IV breast cancer are “advanced” and “metastatic.” Cancer may be stage IV at first diagnosis or it can be a recurrence of a previous breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Hope that helps... :)

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  • Becky Lynn Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    As I understand it, that is only one factor in determining stage.
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