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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 2 - Stage 0 & 1

Stage 0
Stage 0, DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) is a noninvasive cancer where abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct.

Even though Stage 0 cancer is still noninvasive, it does require immediate treatment and is typically treated with surgery or radiation, or a combination of the two. Chemotherapy is not part of the treatment regimen for earlier stages of cancer.

Stage 1
In Stage 1 invasive breast cancer, the tumor has not exceeded 2cm (0.8in). Although it’s considered to be invasive, it has not yet spread to any surrounding lymph nodes or outside the breast tissue.

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    I am going in for a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. Could anyone please tell me about the pain involved and the experience of the whole procedure?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 8 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Hi, I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on Sep 29, 2011. My surgery went great, wide clear margins and both nodes they removed were negative. About two weeks following that, I developed some seromas in my breast at the surgery site and at the area just below node removal. My surgeon...

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      Hi, I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on Sep 29, 2011. My surgery went great, wide clear margins and both nodes they removed were negative. About two weeks following that, I developed some seromas in my breast at the surgery site and at the area just below node removal. My surgeon drained the one below the node removal only one. He gave me pain medication to he me through that. About a month later, I had external pinpointed beam radiation for only 7 days, twice a day. It was not bad at all. I did have, and still do have what mu radiation oncologist calls zingers. They are very sharp pains, which have almost gone away. My seromas are completely gone. I have intermittent swelling on my right breast, which they say is normal. It also is less and less as time passes. Right now, I am taking Tamoxifen and Effexor. I am feeling so much better, but still not totally back to feeling as I did before my DCIS surgery, but I will get there. I had my 6 month mammogram and it was all good, only showed scar tissue from surgery and radiation. every so often, I have a bit of nausea, but I have found that if I drink ginger ale, it really helps. I have a prescription for Compazine, but have only had to use it twice. I had a little nausea and fainting incident a few months ago, but it all worked out. I fell pretty hard and had to have some metal stitches in my head, and a few days I the hospital to make sure it was nothing more Eros causing me to faint. All in all, it is goin good for me. My whole procedure was eventful, but not a bad thing. It is best to educate yourself on your contusion, mine was DCIS, stage 0 , clear margins, neg sentinel nodes, but positive estrogen and progesterone receptors. This is the reason for Tamoxifen. The Effexor was to counteract the hot flashes and it has really helped me feel better and speed up recovery. If you understand you care for your cancer plus a good support network, things, or me anyway, go muc smoother.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We are unique individuals and can have a range of reactions to any procedure. I was on the "good" end of everything. I did not seem to have much discomfort with anything. My perception of discomfort to the sentinel node mapping was no more than pinching. The tech told me I would feel that......

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      We are unique individuals and can have a range of reactions to any procedure. I was on the "good" end of everything. I did not seem to have much discomfort with anything. My perception of discomfort to the sentinel node mapping was no more than pinching. The tech told me I would feel that... which I did but it was nothing significant to me. I had 5 sentinal nodes removed. I had a mastectomy, I took no pain medication afterwards. I was up and around within 3 days. We all seem to have a fear or fears of what is about to happen. My big fear was the anesthesia. Since I was so afraid of it, I "interviewed" anesthesiologists and got recommendations. I think I was just SO HAPPY to wake up, the rest of the post-op stuff was nothing. We all have different pain tolerance. Mine, is obviously, on the high side. I would never say to a woman "Oh, it's nothing" because it isn't. There are a lot of mental images that go through every woman's mind. There may be some unexpected post-op problems that come up which you can't be prepared for. The other thought that went through my mind as I was approaching the surgery.... this was something I had to so to save my life. I developed a positive let's-get-going attitude and marched right into it. Sometimes bravery comes from acting that way. I became brave by --pretending-- to be brave. I wish you the very best and hope you have as easy a time as I did. I had a young woman surgeon who specialised in breast surgery. I had utmost confidence in her and my young woman anesthesiologist. I was not disappointed. Blessings to you in your journey. Take care, Sharon

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    Had lumpectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy a year ago, followed by radiation. Recently developed a tight pulling sensation in my arm, especially inside my elbow, but nothing visible. Does this sound like a mild case of cording? Should I get it checked?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Yes, it could be. Always best to check so if it is,you can start treatment and get you comfortable again. Take care, Sharon

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. Tight and heavy are signs of chording. Get back to your arm exercises.
      Mine flares up once in a great while. Massage from the fingers up through the armpit.

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    What stage when I have bloody discharge from nipple changed shape along with rash/bruise on breast also lumps near arm pit and lost a lot of weight very painful

    Asked by anonymous

    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Marianne is right. The first step is biopsy, but your pathology report after surgery will tell you the things that Marianne mentioned, and these results determine your stage , as well as your treatment plan.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You need to be diagnosed first. The type, size, grade, and lymph node involvement determine your stage.

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  • anonymous Profile

    I have a lot of hip pain. Had breast cancer stage 3b chemotherapy , radiation and now on tamoxifen, why do I have so much hip pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Joint pain is a side effect of tamoxifen. You should let your doctor know since you have had radiation and chemo you bones may have weakened hip fractures are the most common fracture from weakened bones from what my doctor told me.

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You may want to have your Vitamin D checked to be sure you are not deficient. Low Vitamin D can also cause joint pain. Best of luck to you.

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