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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 does T1 cN1 mi MO mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a...

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      I think I can interpret this. T1c N1mi M0
      T1c - referring to primary tumor size, it was more than 1 cm in greatest dimension but less than 2 cm.
      N1mi - means they found cancer cells in one to three lymph nodes outside the primary tumor. but mi means micrometastases which means that there were a relatively small number of cancer cells in the lymph node.
      M0 - means there are no metastases in any other part of the body

      Because it was classified as N1mi instead of regular N1, this would describe a stage IB rather than stage II breast cancer. So worse than stage IA, but better than Stage II.

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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Look up "pathology results" on the internet. I got great information from doing that.

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  • norma crutchfield Profile

    What type of cancer is DCIS?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • tina piser Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      dcis is stage 0, or pre cancer. dcis can be ductal or lobular. some docs now consider dcis cancer and others pre cancer. listen to your intuition, get 2nd opinion if you aren't happy with what your doc has told you so far.

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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common NON invasive breast cancer! Ductal means is in the milk ducts. In situ, or encapsulated, means the tumor is in it's early stages, inside it's capsule. Better to understand is like a bubble that didn't rupture yet so the tissue around is,...

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      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common NON invasive breast cancer! Ductal means is in the milk ducts. In situ, or encapsulated, means the tumor is in it's early stages, inside it's capsule. Better to understand is like a bubble that didn't rupture yet so the tissue around is, probably, contaminated!

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  • Laura Gaspard Profile

    Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      yes a family history of breast or ovarian cancer does put you at higher risk for breast cancer. talk with your doctor to have regular mammograms.

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    • France P Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I would say that a history indicates a risk of a genetic factor, wich can be a higher risk for having cancer... But that is 2 "if", and there is not only one kind of genetic cancer (BRCA), there are many other possibilities wich I think don't always involve a high risk... Best thing is to talk...

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      I would say that a history indicates a risk of a genetic factor, wich can be a higher risk for having cancer... But that is 2 "if", and there is not only one kind of genetic cancer (BRCA), there are many other possibilities wich I think don't always involve a high risk... Best thing is to talk to a specialist about that...

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    I have a mass that is 4.5 inches but teh area of concern is 1.8 by 1.2.by 1.1 cm anone else? this is a follow up

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Could you try your question again. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Amber, I hope that your doctor will explain this when you get your biopsy results. The numbers do not seem to add up. I know the waiting is so hard, but you really need the results to understand what is going on.

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