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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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    Hi I have just had sugary on stage 2b cancer and wanted to ask about what food is the best to eat before I start chemotherapy. Thanks Michele

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    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were...

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      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were my savior and kept my hydrated when I was t drinking fluids. Which I was all the time. Be hydrated before during and after, so your body can flush out the toxins as fast as possible. Eat what you want before, but try to keep your nora

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I pretty much ate normally, which tends to be healthy. The

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  • sally go Profile

    What is the prognosis of Invasive Ductal Cancer Stage 4?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Sally, I was diagnosed with stage 3C cancer last May. I've always tried not to look at survival statistics. When I was diagnosed I made it a point to learn everything I could about my type of cancer. That way I could make a more informed decision about my care. Knowledge is power. Have you...

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      Hi Sally, I was diagnosed with stage 3C cancer last May. I've always tried not to look at survival statistics. When I was diagnosed I made it a point to learn everything I could about my type of cancer. That way I could make a more informed decision about my care. Knowledge is power. Have you spoken to your doctor about your treatment options?

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    • Shelia Combs Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      2 years ago today I was diagnosed with stage 4 invasive ductal carcinoma. 7 surgeries later, 13 months of chemo, 4 weeks of radiation and 12 months of femara, I'm still going strong. I'm not ready to stop just yet. I start more chemo in the next few weeks. But the best medicine I believe is faith...

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      2 years ago today I was diagnosed with stage 4 invasive ductal carcinoma. 7 surgeries later, 13 months of chemo, 4 weeks of radiation and 12 months of femara, I'm still going strong. I'm not ready to stop just yet. I start more chemo in the next few weeks. But the best medicine I believe is faith in Jesus and laughter. You have to be able to make fun of yourself and laugh at the cancer. I lost a very good friend just before thanksgiving this year, she lived with stage 4 for 13 years. She is my inspiration.

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    What if you skip some radiation treatments? I have just been diagnosed with Stage 1, and we have a trip planned that we cannot cancel. I will undergo a lumpectomy next week followed by radiation.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would...

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      The best thing to do is go as scheduled. If this is not possible then you should see if it is possible to complete treatment at another center. You should pose this question to your oncologist since no information was given about your breast cancer. For instance, if you are HER-2 positive I would state that it is not in your best interest. My mother has breast cancer and has two residence. To date we have traveled and received treatment at those destinations. We have traveled and received treatment in El Paso, Alabama, Tennessee and Chicago. Hope this helps

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    • Heather Chamber Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Generally u should have at least two weeks after ur surgery b4 starting any radiation. That area needs to heal b4 they start the next phase. Good luck hun. Be strong

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      A nutritious, low-fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

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