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9/13/2006My mom is 61 years old and has invasive ductal carcioma and she is scheduled to have axillary dissection in 3 weeks beacuse one out of three came back positive. I understand that this surgery is needed to complete her staging. When will the staging be complete? We thought it was complete when they told her it was Stage 1 and now because of lymph node involvement it is stage 2. What is the liklihood of it jumping to stage 3? We just don;t know what to expect from day to day. When we originally started the doctor said that because the tumor is only 1.5 cm she has a good chance that it would not be in the lymph nodes. So now that we have found out it is, she is now stage 2. The uncertainty is driving everyone crazy. We want to know when will this staging process be over?
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9/13/2006staging will be completed when: 1. status of the additional nodes are removed and analyzed by pathology (and hopefully they rule out that any additional ones are involved) 2. CAT scan of abdomen looking at liver and lungs 3. bone scan looking at entire skeletal structure. so if these scans haven't been done ask for them to happen now.

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