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What is the difference between the grades and stages of breast cancer?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Tracy, Arrrgh... by the time you have completed your treatment, you will be an expert! So sorry it has to be an expert in breast cancer treatment. Have you heard what type of breast cancer you have yet? As several have said.... Stage is the size of the tumor and how much it has spread. My stage was was a 2B..... (a 2.3cm with 1 positive lymph node.) The grade is how agressive the cells are.... grade 1-relatively non-agressive, grade 2 - middle of the road. grade 3 more aggressive cells. Within the grade, there can be varying degrees of aggressiveness. You will also have a report on your cancer's sensitivety to hormones. It will be ER+ or - PR + or - and HER2 + or - Breast cancer is very individual to each person. You can have the same type of breast cancer as the next woman and that is where the similarities end. Your cells are unique to you. Your treatment will be developed because of the cells seen at your biopsy. You will wonder why your treatment is different from mine but it is because our breast cancer may be completely different on a cell level. It's confusing for sure. Each woman reaction to their treatments are all different too. Just as Jo says... bring every single itty bitty question to your interview. Best too, if you bring a friend who can either take really great notes or bring some kind of recorder with you. You are given a lot of information and you won't necessarily remember it all. We are always here for you as you go through your treatment. Hang in there.... there's a wonderful bunch of "sister's" out here to help. Take care, Sharon
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    • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      what can i expect on my first visit monday? its my first visit with the oncologist and i just dont know what to expect. i will bring a ton of questions lol.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Your oncologist will review your biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound and any other tests you have had done. He/she will tell you about the type, stage, grade, and go over a preliminary treatment plan. You will have to go through more testing.... ...

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      Your oncologist will review your biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound and any other tests you have had done. He/she will tell you about the type, stage, grade, and go over a preliminary treatment plan. You will have to go through more testing.... drawing blood, MAYBE an MRI, PET Scan, gee, did I say MORE blood draws. The additional testing will be to establish a baseline. The additional testing will NOT be done at your appointment on Monday..... except more blood draws. They will ask you a million questions about your family history. They may request genetic testing too. I know at this point, your head is spinning and dark thoughts are rolling around. Believe me.... as your appointments roll by, and you get more and more information, your fear level will will diminish. Right now is a terrifying time because you don't know what it is all about. Just try to take a big deep breath. Even with a diagnosis of breast cancer.... there will be times when you get really good news. I do recommend you take a family member or really good friend with you to your appointment. There is just so much that is told to you, it is difficult to remember it all. Record it or that family member better take some good notes! Hang in there.... you WILL make it. I was a basket case but as I learned more about my case, I pretty well put on my big girl panties and a positive attitude and marched through it. You come out a much stronger woman on the other side. Please keep us posted.... we will be here for you, darlin' Take care, Sharon

      about 7 years Flag
    • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
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      ok thanks the only problem i have is i was adopted so i know nothing about my family ugh.

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  • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    i have grade 3 breast cancer but i dont understand that, im scared it is growing everywhere else. what does that mean?
    about 7 years Flag
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      Survivor since 2012

      There are three grades. Grade describes the aggressiveness of the cancer. It ranges from Grade1-least aggressive to Grade 3-most aggressive, Watch the little videos on this site under learn. They are great to get a BASIC understanding of what is...

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      There are three grades. Grade describes the aggressiveness of the cancer. It ranges from Grade1-least aggressive to Grade 3-most aggressive, Watch the little videos on this site under learn. They are great to get a BASIC understanding of what is going on in your body. So sorry you have joined us. Keep us posted. Jo :-D

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      乳癌幸存者从 2012

      Tracy, do you know what kind? Where are you in the staging of the disease?

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      Staging addresses size of tumor, hormone sensitivity, her2 positive or negative , lymph node involvement . Genetic testing of the tumor will give other vital info once the tomor is removed.

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    • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
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      no i dont know anything yet i go to my first dr appt monday all i know is the surgeon told me i had grade 3 breast cancer.

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      Survivor since 2012

      Write down all your questions and don't be bashful about asking everything. I mean everything. No matter how silly it sounds or how intimate it is. I hope someone will go in the office with you. My husband went with me and the doctor even had all...

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      Write down all your questions and don't be bashful about asking everything. I mean everything. No matter how silly it sounds or how intimate it is. I hope someone will go in the office with you. My husband went with me and the doctor even had all of my diagnosis written down and charted like a teacher would have done. He almost left no questions for me to asked except the intimate ones. The only thing he couldn't tell me was how many radiation treatments I would have. He said the radiologist made that call according to my diagnosis. I had Stage 2A, Grade one, Invasive ductal cancer, 2.6 cm tumor, estrogen/progesterone positive, her2 negative. He had ordered my oncotype DX test the day I was referrred to him two weeks earlier so he had the results for me when we met. My DX number was low so it dropped my chances of recurrence very low so no chemo for me. I had a partial mastectomy with clear margins and no lymph node involvement. The little videos under Learn on this site will help you form some questions tonight before your visit. Hoping for a good visit for you. Hang in there. Don't let it all overwhelm you. You're already on the road to healing and good health. Jo :-D

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    • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
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      can you give me some question to ask, im just so clueless, thanks so much for writing me back.

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      Survivor since 2012

      Have you had surgery or just the biopsy? If you have just gotten your pathology back from the biopsy, You'll have to get some more info from the doctor to help you understand your options when he tells you. In my case I had an option of lumpectomy...

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      Have you had surgery or just the biopsy? If you have just gotten your pathology back from the biopsy, You'll have to get some more info from the doctor to help you understand your options when he tells you. In my case I had an option of lumpectomy or mastectomy based on many factors. During my actual surgery, I had a sentinel node biopsy to determine if it had spread to the lymph system. I was clear there and ended up with a partial mastectomy. I was ok with that because mine wasn't that disfiguring because the tumor was at the bottom of my breast. But none of this will really help you understand your situation. You'll have to do some reading tonight if you really want to know. Breastcancer.org is great and so is MD Anderson if you are a must know person. If you are afraid-that's okay- don't do any reading. I read so much before I got to the doctor he was surprised I knew about the DX test and he really loosened up in his conversation. I found that the more the doctor knows you're one of those people that really wants to understand, the freer they feel to get down to the facts. All of my team was so concerned and almost fearful of upsetting me with the facts that I finally had to console them and tell them I was ok with the facts. Do what you feel you will be the most comfortable with. You'll be a pro before it's over. Stay in touch. So many women are already keeping up with you and praying for you. The pink sisterhood is awesome and gives us all strength to make it one day at a time. Tomorrow's visit is all you need to focus on right now and then take some time to digest the info to do your own research and questions. Hang in there. Stay in touch. Cyber hugs tonight. Post until your heart's content. Jo :-)

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    • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      they took the whole mass out and i got the biopsy results yesterday and he told me it was grade 3 cancer so i have my first appt with the oncologist monday.

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      Was this an excisional biopsy or a lumperctomy that took the mass with margins?

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      umm dont know haha they put me to sleep and took the mass out is what he said.

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      Praying for you now to have some rest tonight. You'll begin to get answers to your questions tomorrow. Waiting for your posts after you see your dr. God Bless.Jo :-D

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  • Karen G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I am a grade 3 also. Grade 3 is more aggressive but also responds much better to Chemotherapy.
    about 7 years Flag
    • Tracy Lewis Norman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      my mass was only 1 cm they removed it but then they told me i was grade 3 so i just dont understand if they removed it.what do you think my treatments will be?

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      You really should ask your oncologist and team. I don't think anybody here is qualified to answer your question. Even an oncologist would have to review your medical history and records. I go to a teaching hospital and they provided me with all...

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      You really should ask your oncologist and team. I don't think anybody here is qualified to answer your question. Even an oncologist would have to review your medical history and records. I go to a teaching hospital and they provided me with all kinds of information. You should ask you doctor if he/she has any literature for you to read. Good luck and try to stay positive.

      over 5 years Flag
    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It probably means it was more aggressive but you caught it in time. In terms of treatment every case is different and Dr will tell you what your next step is. The pathologist will determine if it is Estrogen positive, Progesterone positive, and...

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      It probably means it was more aggressive but you caught it in time. In terms of treatment every case is different and Dr will tell you what your next step is. The pathologist will determine if it is Estrogen positive, Progesterone positive, and weather it is Her 2 negative or positive. That is what Oncologist looks at to determine next step.

      over 5 years Flag
  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Grade three is more aggressive stage is by size of cancer . I have stage 2 a a 3.8 cm tumor . I have a bilateral mastectomy and chemo in 2 days . You can do this hang in there we have and are all scared . It's a mind set .
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    Stage 2A Patient
    I am a grade 2 and her/er positive again responds well to chemo
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