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How come when I was diagnosed my Dr. couldn't tell the stage of cancer and said only after surgery I would know, but a friend has just been diagnosed today with no surgery just a biopsy at Stage 2?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 8 years
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Morning A' It all depends on how much tissue was Removed during the biopsy. The type of biopsy done. And the other factor being the surgeon wants to have a complete pathology final report before giving you your staging diagnosis. The doctor I worked for was very thorough and had the tissue evaluated by two pathologist before giving a patient a cancer staging diagnosis. She felt it was devastating enough for the patent to hear they had cancer and wanted to be as accurate as possible with treatment options after surgery
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Curious.... I would contact him/her to ask why you couldn't have a preliminary staging. True, things might be discovered after your sugery that would change the staging somewhat but at least it would give you an idea. I haven't heard of your type of situation happening before. It could just be your doctor wanting to cross all the "T'S" and dot the "i's" My staging went from a 2A to a 2B because of a microscopic discovery of cancer in one of my sentinel nodes. Take care, Sharon
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      As always, I agree with Sharon. I've not heard of this before, either. They should at least have a rough idea regarding your staging. I've had breast cancer twice, and both times I was told after the biopsy that my cancer was "probably" Stage...

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      As always, I agree with Sharon. I've not heard of this before, either. They should at least have a rough idea regarding your staging. I've had breast cancer twice, and both times I was told after the biopsy that my cancer was "probably" Stage whatever.

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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Morning A,
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  • sally fakih Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Same did with me but they fold me after biobsy for the tumor and ct scan they will let you what stage are you
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I learned my grade and type from the core biopsy my surgeon performed, talked of reconstruction, and he told my husband the preliminary pathology while I was in recovery from a partial mast.( was to have been lumpectomy but had to take more tissue), but nothing was in stone until the second path came in. He called me with that good news. I never asked about staging and he never said, but I had read enough on staging to feel comfortable in waiting until all the tests came in. My onc methodically and clearly explained each step beginning with what's the purpose of the breast and how it works to the size of the tumor, hormone receptivty, recurrence(oncoDX test which he ordered before I saw him so he would have the results on my first visit). He was so effecient and thorough. When he finished I knew everything about my diagnosis including stage and treatment-except for the# of radiation treatments. He said my radiologist would make that dicision based on my full report. I know my surgeon would have talked about staging but it would have been preliminary and was subject to change. Of course, I had my usual list of questions.
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