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What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Info and prognosis

We stage most cancers by gathering information about the cancer at the time of diagnosis to help predict prognosis and help choose therapies (ie worse prognosis = more aggressive therapy).
Most systems use t (tumor/size), n (nodal involvement), & m (? Metastasis) to come up with a "stage". In breast cancer, grade, er, and her2 status is considered and now genomic information (oncotype dx).

In brief: Info and prognosis

We stage most cancers by gathering information about the cancer at the time of diagnosis to help predict prognosis and help choose therapies (ie worse prognosis = more aggressive therapy).
Most systems use t (tumor/size), n (nodal involvement), & m (? Metastasis) to come up with a "stage". In breast cancer, grade, er, and her2 status is considered and now genomic information (oncotype dx).
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Prognosis

Breast cancer stage is predominantly based on cancer size and lymph node involvement.
This can be correlated with survival rates (prognosis), which can then be used to guide therapy. That said, I have never seen what a "50% survived" patient looks like. Unless the chance is zero, there should always be hope for cure with treatment.

In brief: Prognosis

Breast cancer stage is predominantly based on cancer size and lymph node involvement.
This can be correlated with survival rates (prognosis), which can then be used to guide therapy. That said, I have never seen what a "50% survived" patient looks like. Unless the chance is zero, there should always be hope for cure with treatment.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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