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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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    How long does it take cancer medication to get into you body? Just wanted to see how long before I would experience any side effects!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Shannon Key Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had 3 chemotherapy meds, pretty harsh ones, took about 14 days for my hair to start coming out, nausea started on day 2.

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    • Amanda Metivier Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It depends in what kind of med and what side effects.

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  • susan trego Profile

    Thanks guys, I spoke to the docs and explained what the lump was like. he wants me in first thing tomorrow. why do doctor ask if they hurt xx

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Benign cysts can be quite painful. Very glad your doctor is seeing you so quickly. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Somethings can cause pain and others not so they probably wanted to get some ideas before seeing you as to what it could or could not be.

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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?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    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
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      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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    is there bad side effects from arimidex

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    almost 5 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I was on it for 5 years. Everyone is different. I had some joint pain but walking, staying active, Tylenol arthritis formula and yoga helped. The benefits outweighed the side effects. Wishing you minimal side effects! Keep the questions coming! We care about you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      I sweated LIKE A PIG! It was worth every single drop to starve any lingering cancer cells from the hormones they needed to grow.

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