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.