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What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

Size/location: Stages depend on the size of the tumor and whether or not the cancer cells have traveled outside of the breast. You can find more detailed information here http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/patient/page2. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

The extent of cancer: ...is typically categorized into various stages. A complete diagnostic evaluation is needed to determine a cancer's stage. Criteria are the size of the primary tumor, the involvement of regional lymph nodes, invasion into tissue outside the breast, or more distant metastasis. Staging systems are usually numbered I-IV with various subdivisions. See http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/page2 ...Read more

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What exactly does stages of prostate cancer mean?

What exactly does stages of prostate cancer mean?

Cancer progression: Staging prostate cancer (or any cancer) is a method to allow the physician and patient to help aid in the prognosis. This is a measure of the how far advanced the cancer has progressed such as into other organs or into bones. It also help aid in the treatment options since certain options of treatment are onloy available at certain stages. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the signs of breast cancer?

Doctors, what are the signs of breast cancer?

Thus:: Very early: none. A bit later: a painless lump or dimpling of the skin. Much later: red, swollen, or ulcerated breast, enlarged lymph nodes, or symptoms caused by metastases. Get your mammos and physical exams as recommended by your doctor based on your risk so that if it happens, you will be in the first group. Funny, someone from texas just asked exactly the same question at the same time. Hmm. ...Read more

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What is metastasis and at what stage during the devolopment of lung cancer does it start to occur?

What is metastasis and at what stage during the devolopment of lung cancer does it start to occur?

Distant spread: A tumor is said to have metastasized when it spreads to a distant site through lymphatics or blood vessels. The molecular changes in the tumor associated with ability to metastasize vary with different tumors and are not clearly defined. In some types of lung cancers, metastases can occur even before cancer becomes detectable by x-ray. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the signs of breast cancer?

Please explain what are the signs of breast cancer?

Breast cancer sx’s: Can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of breast cancer?

What are the early symptoms of breast cancer?

Silence: In this country, breast cancer is most often detected by mammogram, before any symptoms. Other symptoms include a painless new lump, swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, dimpling in the skin of the breast, a newly inverted nipple, scaling or crusting of the nipple, or a sore on the breast that doesn't heal. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the first signs of prostate cancer?

Does anyone know the first signs of prostate cancer?

It varies: Prostate cancer is often silent and is typically picked up on a screening blood test called psa. Sometimes patients have urinary symptoms which may include frequent urination or blood in the urine. Some patients have back or pelvic pain which may be indicative of more advanced cancer. ...Read more

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What are the stages of leukemia cancer? How does it progress?

What are the stages of leukemia cancer? How does it progress?

Many variations: Leukemia can be Acute or Chronic. Further, it can be either Lymphatic(ALL , CLL) or Myeloid (AML)type. Since it is a blood cancer, it spreads into the blood very early on. So there is no staging system like we have for solid Cancers. But we can characterize it as Newly diagnosed(untreated) or Relapsed after prior treatment. The prognosis varies greatly among all the different varieties enlisted . ...Read more

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What are the different stages of breast cancer?

What are the different stages of breast cancer?

Stages 0 thru 4: Stage 0 is cancer confined to the ducts or lobules. Stages 1 describes a small cancer without lymph node involvement. Stage 2 is where the cancer is medium sized and/or involving lymph nodes. Stage 3 is associated with cancers that are large, involve the overlying skin or chest muscles, or contiguous nodes. Stage 4 describes distant organ involvement called metastases. ...Read more

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What are the stages of ovarian cancer?

See below: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/ Please visit this site for information on this topic. ...Read more

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How do you determine the different stages of colon cancer what's the prognosis?

How do you determine the different stages of colon cancer what's the prognosis?

See below: Colon cancer stage depends on how deep the cancer invades through the intestinal layers, if the cancer spread to lymph nodes, or if the cancer spread to other organs. Pathology helps determine the stage after surgical removal. Stage 1 best over 90% survival, stage 2 about 80% survival, stage 3 about 60% survival & stage 4 about 40% survival. Numbers very rough and each person responds differently. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having breast cancer?

What are the signs of having breast cancer?

a painless lump: The most common sign of concern wiuld be a painless lump in the breast, especially if it is hard on palpation. In that case go see your doctor for examination. A mammogram is the best test to confirm anything suspicious. ...Read more

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Breast cancer begins in what kind of tissue?

Breast cancer begins in what kind of tissue?

Breast ducts: Breast cancer usually begins in cells that line the ducts of the breast. This is ductal carcinoma, which is about 80% of breast cancers. Sometimes cancer starts in the breast lobules where milk is made. This is lobular breast cancer, which is about 15% of breast cancers. There are other subtypes of breast cancer that make up the rest. ...Read more

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What is the simptens of breast cancer?

What is the simptens of breast cancer?

Possible Symptoms of: Breast cancer can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular & hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful & soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain & sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

So what are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

Depends: I would depend on where the metastasis are located and how advanced. Initially metastasis to different areas may produce no symptoms. Then as they progress problems can develope. In bone, you can get pain, collapse of a part of the spine if that is involved, fractures. In the lung you can become short of breath or develop fluid.. In the liver you can develope liver problems. Etc. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the diff between stages of cancer and grades of cancer?

Please help! what is the diff between stages of cancer and grades of cancer?

Good question!: Stage describes how spread a cancer is. Usually, but not always, it goes from stage 1 (or 0 in some cases) to 4. Grade has to do with how the cells look under the microscope. The more they look like normal cells, the better. Both high stage and high grade usually mean worse prognosis but they do not always go together. You can have a high grade, low stage cancer or viseversa. ...Read more

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What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

Size/location: Stages depend on the size of the tumor and whether or not the cancer cells have traveled outside of the breast. You can find more detailed information here http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/patient/page2. ...Read more

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What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

The extent of cancer: ...is typically categorized into various stages. A complete diagnostic evaluation is needed to determine a cancer's stage. Criteria are the size of the primary tumor, the involvement of regional lymph nodes, invasion into tissue outside the breast, or more distant metastasis. Staging systems are usually numbered I-IV with various subdivisions. See http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/page2 ...Read more

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Can pain in breasts mean I have breast cancer?

Can pain in breasts mean I have breast cancer?

Not usually: Brian I am assuming you are male. Breast pain and lump in a male is usually a non cancerous condition called gynecomastia. It is a hormonal side effect of many medications in adult males but is seen during normal hormonal changes during puberty. You should be examined and a mammogram and/or sonogram may be needed to confirm that it is gynecomastia. ...Read more

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Does a breast dimple always mean breast cancer?

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No, but checked...: A newly developed dimple in breast should be timely evaluated with detailed Hx about its course, physical exam, mamagrpahy, and biopsy. To do the related things for good care correctly, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; gynecologist or surgeon specialized in breast surgery is the choice. Never try to wait the things out like breast dimple. Best wish... ...Read more

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What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

DCIS : Dcis is stage 0 breast cancer it is ductal carcinoma in situ this is made of cancerous cell that are actually located in their normal position in the breast duct and do not have the ability to spread which is the hallmark of the invasive or real breast cancer it is treated usually with surgery and radiation and hormonal treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

Multicenteric: Breast cancer may be present in more than one area in the breast being called multifocal or multicenteric. Usually a mastectomy is recommend for surgical treatment. ...Read more

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How can someone have breast cancer in three different areas and what does that mean?

It can happen: Breast cancer typically starts in the breast but it can then spread to other parts of the body. When that happens it is called metastatic breast cancer or stage -4 breast cancer. In such cases multiple sites/organs are affected by breast cancer, typically it involves lungs, bones and liver but it can spread to any of the organs in the body. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if someone is diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer?

Aggressive variety: Triple negative refers to the hormone status ER (estrogen receptor) PR (progesterone receptor) and Her 2 neu receptor negative. It is an aggressive that in general is difficult to treat. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my right breast that comes and goes, does that mean that I have breast cancer?

If I have pain in my right breast that comes and goes, does that mean that I have breast cancer?

Need MD Evaluation: Sorting out different causes of breast pain starts with determining if the pain is coming from the breast tissue or the chest wall. Favoring the former includes variation w/menstrual cycle; favoring the latter is relation to activity and post-menopausal state. Regardless, while cancers often are painless, they can hurt. I recommend that you see your gyne or primary care dr. To help sort thru this. ...Read more

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Women that don't have children have a relative risk of 1.6 - 1.9 of getting breast cancer. What does this actually mean though?

Women that don't have children have a relative risk of 1.6 - 1.9 of getting breast cancer. What does this actually mean though?

Breast feeding: seems to reduce your risk. If the average risk is 1, those who never had children or breast fed are 1.6-1.9 times more likely to get breast cancer. Another way to look at this is to call breast feeding a treatment. Those who "receive" it (i.e breast feed) are 1/1.9 or 50 percent less likely to get breast cancer. ...Read more

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What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

Advanced: Breast cancer survival is correlated with it's stage, which is predominantly based on the cancer size, it's growth, and lymph node involvement. Stage 3 means that the cancer has grown into the chest wall or skin and/or multiple lymph nodes (including areas outside the armpit) are involved. These are all signs that chemotherapy is needed for potential cure. ...Read more

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What does "early-stage" breast cancer mean?

What does "early-stage" breast cancer mean?

Local: Early stage means that the breast tumor is small and is limited only to the breast, it has not traveled to other locations in the body. ...Read more

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What does early-stage breast cancer actually mean?

Stage I, 2 or 3A: Early stage breast cancer means breast cancer that is curable and has spread only to local lymph nodes. Stage 1, 2a, 2b, and 3a breast cancers are considered early stage. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I tested HER2-positive for breast cancer?

What does it mean if I tested HER2-positive for breast cancer?

Aggressive: HER2 is a gene present in many cells that sends control signals causing the cells to grow, divide, and make repairs. A normal breast cell has 2 copies of the HER2 gene. Certain breast cancers start when a cell has more than 2 copies of that gene, and start over-producing the HER2 protein. The involved tumor cells grow and divide more quickly. These tumor cells are sensitive to Herceptin (trastuzumab). ...Read more

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What exactly does early detection mean when refering to breast cancer?

What exactly does early detection mean when refering to breast cancer?

Better outcome: Early detection means finding the cancer at a stage before larger growth of the cancer, or spread has occurred. It means there is a higher rate of cure with surgery/treatments, and better chance of successful treatment and survival. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the breast cancer diagnosis decimal number mean?

Can doctors tell me what does the breast cancer diagnosis decimal number mean?

ICD Code: I believe you may be referring to the icd-9 code. The icd (international classification of diseases) is a universal means of classifying different diseases. This is used primarily for statistical and billing purposes and does not reflect the cancer prognosis. ...Read more

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Supposing you have a tumor on your breast. Does it mean you have breast cancer?

No: Definition of tumor is a lump. Most breast lumps are not cancer but they should be evaluated properly, especially in they are changing. If you have any doubt about a breast lump, see your doc please. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and I have small breasts. Does this mean I'll get breast cancer sooner????

I'm 17 and I have small breasts. Does this mean I'll get breast cancer sooner????

No, not at all: There is no such association for developing breast cancer. You need to read up(Google it) about causes of Breast cancer and you will learn that excess of Female hormone(estrogens)may have some such bearing. But you do not have any such problem. ...Read more

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If you have breasts that aren't symmetrical does that mean breast cancer risk goes up?

NO!: Breast Cancer is a common disease. So you should do a Breast self examination once monthly and have a physician check you and examine the Breasts once yearly. An annual Mammogram is recommended. These are just routine good medical check up guidelines for you. Your breast Asymmetry would not pose any extra risk of breast Cancer. ...Read more

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Does having triple negative breast cancer tumors mean that they are slow growing tumors?

Does having triple negative breast cancer tumors mean that they are slow growing tumors?

No: Most triple negative breast cancers tend to be fast growing and more agressive than those which have hormone receptor positive cancer cells. But it is difficult to predict exactly. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the technician ask if there is a history of breast cancer after a mammogram?

What does it mean if the technician ask if there is a history of breast cancer after a mammogram?

Nothing: Just doing his / her job. It's helpful to ask -- not that this will affect the reading. One might also be asked whether you have had any procedures on the breast. ...Read more

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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more