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Are grade and stage of cancer the same?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 9 years
  • Jody  Feil Profile
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    From what I know, the stage refers to how much the tumor has spread, while the grade refers to how abnormal the cancer cells are. So you could have a smaller tumor that has not really spread, like in Stage I, but it could be made up of aggressive, more abnormal cells, which would give it a higher grade.
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    • sandy glisman Profile
      Survivor since 2011

      I had a stage one invasive cancer, but the cells were a grade 2. My surgeon said they weren't the most agressive type, but not the least agressive either. Cells are graded 1, 2 or 3, and 3 is highly agressive. Stay strong sweetie!

      almost 9 years Flag

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