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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 have stage 1 BC Ductal Carcinoma invasive on my right breast, I am considering bilateral Mastectomy, I had stage 0 noninvasive cancer in the left breast when I was 39 years old.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the...

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      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the possibility of reconstruction too. I had a mastectomy in 2006 and wear a prosthesis which is quite comfortable. In fact, to me, it is so comfy, it feels normal! I It is a personal choice women have to make for themselves. Please keep in contact with us, we care about everybody going through this journey. Take care, and blessings to you.
      Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of...

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      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of a reoccurrence . Good luck with it all.

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  • Brenda  Hawkins  Profile

    Stage 2, invasive ductal and lobule cancer, centinal node positive, 16 out of 16 axillary nodes negative, triple positive. Treatment??

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Brenda, there are lots of online sites you can access to see what the treatment is. I had Stage 2B IDC with one positive sentinal node. Did you have a Oncotype DX test? Even if another woman has exactly the same case, there could be microscopic differences that changes your course of...

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      Brenda, there are lots of online sites you can access to see what the treatment is. I had Stage 2B IDC with one positive sentinal node. Did you have a Oncotype DX test? Even if another woman has exactly the same case, there could be microscopic differences that changes your course of treatment. Diagnostics have become down to the cell level and beyond. Your treatment will be tailor-made just for you and your type of cancer. If you don't get an answer here, it is just because someone with that type of cancer isn't reading this at the moment. There is another site called Adjuvant Online... you sign-up as a doctor, and have access. It can give you probably more information than you want. I hope somebody checks in here who can give you some personal experience with this type of breast cancer. All of us here have had our own stories of breast cancer and treatment. No matter what, we ALL support each other and we all know the paths we have walked. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If things don't pass the "gut feelings" do not hesitate to get a second opinion... or even a third. Hang in there, gal.

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    Just diagnoised with DCIS, stage 0, grade 1. Had a lumpectomy with clean margins. Not sure about radiation treatment. Do I need it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 7 answers
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    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal...

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      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal with this again.

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    • Douglas Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make...

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      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make sure they got all the abnormal cells, so nothing has a chance to spread later.

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    My cancer is stage 1, but my grade is a 3, will that change the type of treatment I will have?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your...

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      Oh SO many things are looked at for determining treatment. Many more aspects than just stage and grade.... what type of breast cancer, your age, hormone receptors, types of cells etc. those all go into your treatment plan. Cancer treatment is tailored made for each woman's diagnosis. Your individual cells change your treatment from all the other women with breast cancer. Hang in there....This is a great group of women on this site and we'd love to help and support you as you are going through your treatment. Take care, Sharon

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