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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 are the permanent effects of chemotherapy? Friends and I have experienced lasting changes in body systems and functions.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Wow! I just feel like there are so many.
      1. Joint pain and stiffness
      2. Loss of libido
      3. 50 point increase in cholesterol
      4. Severe pain with intercourse.
      5. Sweats - not night sweats. I get hot and sweat more easily now.

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    • Mariah Mariah Profile
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      Thanks for sharing. I thought my doctor was just brushing me off when she told me it might be due to the chemo.

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    i have 2 smal lumps n breast realky scared

    Asked by anonymous

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    about 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lumps are common but if they are new,get them checked. There is no way to tell what they are without getting them checked by your doctor.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
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      You need to make an appointment with your doctor and get them checked. Some testing may need to be done to determine what they are.

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  • ma.fe liezl gumboc Profile

    What are the foods that i must avoid...I'm at stage 2...any advice?

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      anonymous
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      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have...

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      That depends on your treatment. If you have chemo your blood counts will drop. This will make you more susceptible to colds, etc. There are foods you shouldn't eat during chemo treatments. Any raw meats like sushi, etc. Raw vegetables should be washed thoroughly because of bacteria risk. You have to be careful eating food at buffets, deli meat, and no soft cheeses such as blue cheese.

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  • tamara carr Profile

    I have been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, stage 1. What is the best course or treatment?

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    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Tamara,
      Your doctor will probably give you some options. One of my friends is going through treatment for this right now. She is pre-menopausal and has several spots showing up on her mammogram that turned out to be malignant. She was hoping she could have a lumpectomy but it was too...

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      Hi Tamara,
      Your doctor will probably give you some options. One of my friends is going through treatment for this right now. She is pre-menopausal and has several spots showing up on her mammogram that turned out to be malignant. She was hoping she could have a lumpectomy but it was too widespread. She had a mastectomy and will be having reconstruction, no chemo.
      Your treatment plan depends on a lot of things on a cellular level. No two women's treatment plans seem to be the same. The pathology may be similar, with the same overall diagnosis but the treatment plans depend on that microscopic detection. Good luck to you! Sharon

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    • Jodie Brummet Profile
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      I was diagnosed with DCIS stage 0 last year. I was able to have lumpectomy followed by radiation. I am premenopausal and take Tamoxifen. I also had negative genetic test. Ask many questions and you will find what is the best treatment path for you.

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