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Breast cancer staging according TNM means what?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: TNM breast cancer

Tnm is one of the staging system commonly used for cancer.
It stands for t-tumor ( the size of the tumor- the bigger is the tumor the higher is the stage) ; n- nodal status ( involvement to the lymph glands) - and m- presence of metastatic disease to the distant organ. See more here: http://cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/breast/page7.

In brief: TNM breast cancer

Tnm is one of the staging system commonly used for cancer.
It stands for t-tumor ( the size of the tumor- the bigger is the tumor the higher is the stage) ; n- nodal status ( involvement to the lymph glands) - and m- presence of metastatic disease to the distant organ. See more here: http://cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/breast/page7.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery

In brief: Based on pathology

T: size of the largest primary focus (don't add multiple foci n: nodal involvement (and total number of involved nodes) m: presence of distant mets the various combinations determine the pathologic stage.
We are moving away from this sort of staging towards biologic/genomic staging that further subdivides the types of breast cancer and will allow better targeted therapy.

In brief: Based on pathology

T: size of the largest primary focus (don't add multiple foci n: nodal involvement (and total number of involved nodes) m: presence of distant mets the various combinations determine the pathologic stage.
We are moving away from this sort of staging towards biologic/genomic staging that further subdivides the types of breast cancer and will allow better targeted therapy.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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