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I have stage 1, grade 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. How long do I have before this goes to stage 2?

I have stage 1, grade 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. How long do I have before this goes to stage 2?

Doesnt work that way: It is common, but not right, to think of cancer stages (1, 2, 3, 4) as a progression 1->2->3->4. However, the more we learn about cancer the more we learn that some cancers may begin as stage III or IV - they can spread from the very beginning. In your case, stage 1 breast cancer, if completely removed, may never come back. There is no set time period in which we expect it to become stage 2. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is the survival of invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2?

What is the survival of invasive ductal carcinoma stage 2?

High: Published 5-yr survival rates are 81% for iia and 84% for iib breast ca. Keep in mind this includes mortality from other causes and reflects patients treated almost a decade ago. For more info...http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma?

What is the rate of survival for stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma?

More than 50%: This is a hard question. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. It depends on whether it's stage3a, b or c, and the time of survival. At 5 years after diagnosis, 50-60% of women with stage 3 breast cancer are alive. Other factors are age, receptor status of the tumor, number of lymph nodes involved, and treatment. Remember that survival is improving all the time! ...Read more

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What is invasive ductal carcinoma?

What is invasive ductal carcinoma?

Breast cancer: This is the common locally advanced form of breast cancer that must be treated immediately to maximize your survival chances. ...Read more

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How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma spread?

How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma spread?

It depends: Tumors that are grade 3, or that have a high "proliferation rate", may spread more quickly than grade 1 or 2. Tumors that are er- (estrogen receptor negative) or her2+ spread more quickly than other types. Inflammatory breast cancer of any type can spread in days; the other types of invasive ductal carcinoma generally take months. ...Read more

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How dangerous is high grade invasive ductal carcinoma?

How dangerous is high grade invasive ductal carcinoma?

An invasive: Cancer is dangerous, meaning it can lead to death even if all the right things are done. So, i'd need more deatils to help put in perspective the danger and risk: age, size, nodes +/-, er, pr, her-2-neu status. Focus on positive after realizing the danger. ...Read more

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How bad is diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma high grade?

How bad is diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma high grade?

Depends: Not all breast cancers are the same and many other factors help to predict better or poorer outcomes such as tumor grade, # of positive lymph nodes, estrogen receptor status, her2neu status, etc. A score called oncotype DX based on genetic profiling of the cancer helps define prognosis also and tailor decisions as to the best and most beneficial treatment to use. ...Read more

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Can invasive ductal carcinoma spread to other parts of the body?

Can invasive ductal carcinoma spread to other parts of the body?

Yes: Depending on the stage, untreated it will definitely spread, if caught early and treated, then less likely, but monitoring for a long time (5-10 years) is necessary. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is invasive ductal carcinoma really "no big deal"?

Can you let me know is invasive ductal carcinoma really "no big deal"?

Who said that???: That is the most common category of breast cancer, so i'm not sure why anybody would say such an absurd thing. It is curable if found early but it kills thousands of women every year. Ask the husband who lost a wife or the child who lost a mother if they think it's no big deal. ...Read more