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Topic: Does Grade 3 mean stage 3?

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Posted on: Jun 18, 2008 10:02AM

karlynn17 wrote:

please help me. :)

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Jun 18, 2008 10:05AM - edited Jun 18, 2008 10:10AM by Curlylocks

No grade III does not mean stage III.  Tumours are graded as a 1, 2 or 3, with 3 being the most aggressive.

My tumour was also a grade III. 

I saw your other post re: possible triple negative.  Chemo works well on aggressive tumours, there is MUCH HOPE!

I am a 3 year survivor of bc, if you have any other questions, please feel free to pm me or post again....


Dx 10/23/2005, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/9/2005 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 12/5/2005 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2006 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 6/1/2006 Breast Surgery 5/3/2008 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 12/16/2013 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Dx 1/9/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 1, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/11/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 18, 2008 11:53AM karlynn17 wrote:

Michele, thank you - I will let you know when I have more questions.  You are very kind and congrats on your progress :)

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Jun 18, 2008 12:06PM geebung wrote:

Karlynn, you can have a grade 3 bc at any stage. I had DCIS which is bc that hasn't escaped from the ducts. As it was still contained within the ducts, it was stage 0 but my bc was grades 2 and 3. The grade is sometimes referred to as  histological grade and you can read up on this at http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/rate_grade.jsp

To read up on stages of bc: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/path_report/index.jsp

You will need to copy and paste these links into your search window - I think you call that the browser? 

Just after diagnosis everything seems utterly overwhelming. Whether it's you or a loved one who is going through this, it's an exhausting, scary time. Hang in there and please ask any questions at all - there's no such thing as a 'silly' question!



Dx 2/26/2007, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Jul 26, 2008 04:19PM sierra-noel wrote:

Does that mean that a grade 3 tumor will be aggressive in it's growth they found it in July and im not scheduled until aug 28 for a bi lat and i still dont know about my nodes yet is this going to make any difference in the growth of the cancer?

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Jul 27, 2008 07:12AM Beesie wrote:


Grade 3 is a more aggressive breast cancer than grade 1 or grade 2, but overall breast cancer is usually very slow growing.  There are some exceptions - these tend to be the more rare forms of BC - but in most cases it's believed that the breast cancer was in your body for about 7-8 years before it got large enough to be found.  So an extra month or two usually is not a problem. 

If you are worried, I'd suggest that you ask your doctor.  I would hope though that your doctor wouldn't have allowed you to be scheduled for late August if he or she felt that there was a need to rush.  I know that my surgeon always keeps a couple of operating slots available for emergencies - those situations where he feels that the surgery needs to be done immediately.  For everyone else, the scheduling takes longer. 

Dx 9/15/05, DCIS-MI, 6cm+ Gr3 DCIS w/IDC microinvasion, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR- “No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke

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