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what is "early-stage" breast cancer?

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Dr. Sean Canale
29 years experience Breast Surgery
Good prognosis: "early stage" means it was detected early. That generally means a relatively small (amenable to lumpectomy/breast conservation) with no or minimal lymph node involvement. The earlier a cancer is detected the more options for treatment and the better the prognosis.
Answered on Sep 17, 2017
Dr. Jacqueline Matar
65 years experience Radiation Oncology
Usually stage 0 or 1: The breast is composed of glands that can produce milk (lobules), tubes that transport the milk to the nipple (ducts), and fatty tissue. Cancer may begin in the lobules or ducts. If it is only found inside these structures, the stage is 0 (zero). If it grows out of the lobules or ducts into the fatty tissue, but is not in the lymph nodes, it is stage 1 (one).
Answered on Apr 4, 2016
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