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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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  • 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?

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    about 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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  • Megan Eastman Profile

    What are the odds of being cured of cancer?

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    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Joan Rosov Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      We all are hoping for a cure. There are clinical trials on the development of a vaccine as well as new forms/drugs for treatment I have had 3 different cancers, there are persons in my support group that can just about situp in their chair. But, their are there giving advice and laughing.. HOPE...

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      We all are hoping for a cure. There are clinical trials on the development of a vaccine as well as new forms/drugs for treatment I have had 3 different cancers, there are persons in my support group that can just about situp in their chair. But, their are there giving advice and laughing.. HOPE i8s important.
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    • axel esquer Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I will be the one to find the cure to any kind of cancer

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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?

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    about 8 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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  • Rafi Togoo Profile

    How helpful is surgery for patients with stage 4 breast cancer with bone mets? - With chemotherapy and herceptin, the patient has shown significant response.

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Lisa Yurus Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom was just diagnosed with Stage 4 breast with mets to bone. She is going to have a mastectomy after 5 cycles of taxotere/carboplatin/herceptin. This is what her oncologist is recommending. He is one of the best in Florida.

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    • Rafi Togoo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Waiting for a response

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