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What Do The Stages Of Breast Cancer Mean
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See full answer: Generally early stage refers to stage 0, i, or ii. Stage depends on the size of invasive cancer and whether or not there has been spread to underarm lymph nodes. Stage 0 is noninvasive, dcis. Stage i is any invasive cancer < 2cm and no spread to lymph nodes. Stage ii is 2-5cm cancer and/or spread to nodes. Stage iii is a larger cancer and spread to more nodes; stage IV is spread to other organs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Staging: Stage 3 cancer means the breast cancer has extended to beyond the immediate region of the tumor and may have invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles, but has not spread to distant organs. Although this stage is considered to be advanced, there are a growing number of effective treatment options. This stage is divided into three groups: stage 3a, stage 3b, and stage 3c. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are "markers" and what does it mean to a breast cancer patient with stage 4, metastatic cancer, when her markers go from 4, 700 down to 53?
Tumor marker: You must be referring to a particular tumor marker! tumor markers are used to track the progress of certain cancers. If your number has gone down to that level it means the modality of treating your brest cancer has been very effective! it does not necessarily mean you are in remission, all it means is that your breast cancer has responded very well to the treatment you have received! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol,A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?
Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more
Anti hormone rx: Most post-menopausal women are not treated with chemorx for breast cancer. It is used for the 15% of these women who are not hormone sensitive to the anti-hormone treatments, such as tamoxifen. So, your mother will probably be treated hormonally. Her doctor and oncologist can explain. Good luck to you both. ...Read more
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