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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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    What does it mean when it says 98% live a year with stage 2... when the charts say its a 98% expectancy for 8 years what does that actually mean???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Sharon. When I was newly diagnosed I looked at the stats online. For one thing, they're very outdated. And for another, every woman is different. I stopped looking at stats and when I did choose to go online, I looked up survivor stories instead. :)

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality,...

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      I don't think the statistics are worth the paper they're written on, and I've never paid a lot of attention to them. (I've had breast cancer twice -- first time Stage 1B, this time Stage 2A). Generally, the survival stats go down the more advanced and aggressive the cancer is. In reality, treatments have become so advanced between my 1st bout in 2000 and my second in 2011 that I meet people in the chemo room who have had advanced cancer for several years or more. They come in for regular "boosts" of chemo and go on and live their lives.

      So don't jump to any conclusions based on statistics. Rely on your doctor and ask him any questions you may have.

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  • sandy glisman Profile

    Are high radon levels in a home, a cause of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2011
    about 9 years Answer
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    I also had a bone scan of my hips and the raduim what ever they put into my vein also showed bright white and glowing on my hip where I have been having pain...does that mean the cancer has spread to my bones?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      No matter what keep ur faith,,, with faith it's all possible. I remember ur feeling,the day after my bone scan I met a waiter at chilies that told me he was in remission for stage4 bone cancer so anyway don't fret take whatever cards u givin and fight and make ur case to god ,,, gob less ya:)

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      The bright spots are usually areas of bone re-growth. There are several reasons why your bones might be doing this, including a recently fractured bone. In my last bone scan, I lit up like a Christmas tree. I have fallen quite a bit in recent years, and every single spot was where I'd broken a...

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      The bright spots are usually areas of bone re-growth. There are several reasons why your bones might be doing this, including a recently fractured bone. In my last bone scan, I lit up like a Christmas tree. I have fallen quite a bit in recent years, and every single spot was where I'd broken a bone! There may also be bone re-growth where cancer is in the bone and is causing some degeneration.
      Please don't get ahead of yourself -- wait to discuss the results with your doctor. Best of luck to you.

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    Can you get breast cancer if you have breast implants?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 9 years 2 answers
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Yes, but having implants makes it more difficult to detect lumps when performing a self-exam.

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    • Sheryl Love Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes. I was diagnosed October 26th with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. My surgery is November 28th. Plan A right now is a lumpectomy and radiation and estrogen therapy. I had breast augmentation in 2008.

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