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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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  • Brook Thompson Profile

    How can you go through cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Sherry Barger Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just found out almost 3 weeks ago I had breast cancer. First it started as dcis stage 0 then I had MRI and they found another mass 4cm that was invasive. So now I have another biopsy on Tuesday. It's hard but you have to have faith and just live day by day. That's all we can ever do.

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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      First it takes COURAGE; Courage is doing what you must do when doing what you must do is the hardest thing of all.
      Then you need FAITH; an assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.
      Lots of HOPE; Just when the little caterpillar thought...

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      First it takes COURAGE; Courage is doing what you must do when doing what you must do is the hardest thing of all.
      Then you need FAITH; an assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.
      Lots of HOPE; Just when the little caterpillar thought her life was over she became a beautiful butterfly.
      And most of all LOVE; Love from all your friends and family praying in your behalf. Love from fellow survivors who show you it can be done. Love of life.

      You go through cancer ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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  • carol hobday Profile

    My 33 year old daughter was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She was told it was LEVEL 3. When she met with the surgeon today, she was told that the level has to do with how fast the tumor is growing. Is Level 3 the same as Stage 3?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It sounds as if the level 3 and grade 3 are the same. It is correct in that it indicates how fast or how aggressive the cells are.

      Stage is different and it is an indication of how far along the disease has progressed. Within the stage there are levels A, B, and sometimes C. I was a Stage...

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      It sounds as if the level 3 and grade 3 are the same. It is correct in that it indicates how fast or how aggressive the cells are.

      Stage is different and it is an indication of how far along the disease has progressed. Within the stage there are levels A, B, and sometimes C. I was a Stage 2-A, and it went to 2B after my surgery. My grade was 2/3 which meant it was on the aggressive side of cell types. There are also different types of breast cancer, the most common is IDC.
      Please read the information this site has to offer. You can always ask us, we are not doctor's but we can share our personal experience with you or with your daughter. .

      Everybody's treatment protocols are different. It is no longer "one size fits all". Treatments are tailored for what type of cancer cells are found. Usually, it will be 2 to 3 different treatments and or a combo of all. Surgery, Chemotherapy, and radiation. Sadly, breast cancer is so common but the treatments have come a long way. Survival rates have gone up too, thankfully. It's not easy but it is done all the time. Please go with your daughter to her consultation appointment... might not be bad to take a 3rd person along too. So much information is given and your daughter will probably be in shock just from hearing she has breast cancer. Hang in there, your daughter is lucky to have you standing by her side. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There is also grades could be grade 3? Did she have a biopsy ? And information should on path report ask dr for copy and to explain.

      Comment
  • sally go Profile

    How long will one live with Stage 4 invasive ductal cancer without going through treatment?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 1 answer
    • elyssa m Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A person has cancer. Cancer dosnt have a person. Remember that stay positive and may god bless you:)

      Comment
  • Connie Demarest Profile

    Is chemotherapy (except aromotase inhibitors) used for stage 1 lymph node negative breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Hi Connie,
      You have a lot happening this week. You will get through this. Sometimes the toughest part of treatment Is waiting. I believe you will have answers when you see your oncologist this week. Stay strong.

      Comment
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes one could have chemotherapy with a stage one diagnosis. I was stage one and had chemotherapy with no lymph node involvement due to the fact that my cancer was HER2 positive.

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