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|Types and Stages of Breast Cancer
Questions about the different types and stages of breast cancer.
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|1/18/2012||they told me I have IDUC breast cancer I had partial masectomy with clear margins and 3 out of 4 nodes positive. I want to know what stage that is and what the prognoisis is. I just finished second treatment of chemo have another 4 and then 5 weeks raditation. the nodes were the sentinel nodes. would they have to remove the auxilary ones. I know there is a contrevesary on that. also what i have been reading is the lymph nodes are suppose to catch bad things in your body so dosent that mean that they have done their job. please explain|
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|1/18/2012||you can determine the stage here--- http://breastcancer.about.com/library/blbc_stages_3.htm|
note that you need to know the diameter of the tumor that was in the breast in order to determine the stage.
consider a formal second opinion regarding whether more nodes need to be surgically removed. usually they are but there are exceptions. survival rate can be calculated for you by your medical oncologist by using a website call adjuvantonline.com it requires also knowing other prognostic factors about the tumor--- ER/PR/HER2, grade, your age, and other specifics.
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