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Topic: Difference between stages and grades of BC

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Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 04:46PM

Prasanna13 wrote:

Hello,

Could anybody make me clear about the difference between the different stages and grades of breat cancer please?

I have ER- PR- HER2+ grade 3 recurrence breast cancer. I am unaware of the stages and I have googled for it too. It made me confused more now.

It would be a great help if anybody explain me please.

Thanks



Dx 12/24/2012, DCIS, 3cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/19/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Right
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Jan 28, 2013 04:57PM edwards750 wrote:

Prasanna13 - there are a number of websites that explain the difference stages and grades;whathealth.com I think is pretty good at explaining what they mean. I am Stage 2 because I had a micromet in the SN. Once the cancer leaves the breast tissue you are upgraded. Conversely my sister in law is Stage 0; the tumor was non-invasive; didnt invade the breast tissue. The grades are categorized by how the tumor resembles normal cells...my tumor is Grade 1. If I were you I would talk to my BS/ONC. My BS's assistant explained the stages and grades to me. There are 4 stages and I believe 3 grades but try not to stress yourself out about stages and grades because this forum has a lot of women on it who have healed and survived very well with higher grades and stages.

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Jan 28, 2013 05:19PM Prasanna13 wrote:

Thanks a lot edwards750, much appreciated.

I have scheduled an appointment at breast clinic for this Thursday for the result of my pathology test after mastectomy.

Hopefully I will gather more information that time as well as from websites.

Dx 12/24/2012, DCIS, 3cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/19/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Right
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Jan 28, 2013 06:45PM BirdyRobin wrote:

Prasanna13, I think there are 4 official stages. Although there might be a 0 stage as well. Stage one is the lowest and stage for is highest. A positive, strong, attitude goes miles. I am a stage IIIB and went through the first stage of diep recon. Now, tomorrow, I have another lump to be biopsied. God Bless, Robin

Dx 4/15/2011, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 4/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Left Chemotherapy 5/31/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/31/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 8/19/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jan 28, 2013 09:39PM , edited Jan 28, 2013 09:41PM by Moderators

Prasanna, welcome to Breastcancer.org.

The Your Diagnosis section of the main Breastcancer.org site goes through every line of the information in a pathology report, including:



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Jan 29, 2013 12:27AM Momine wrote:

Hi Robin, we are very close in both DX and schedule, I see. Sorry to hear about the biopsy. Where is the bugger?

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/19/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/12/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/8/2012 Surgery 3/7/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 29, 2013 03:16PM Prasanna13 wrote:

Hello,

Thank you so much. I do appreciate it.

I have found the answers of my question clearly. I am really greatful for your help and support. I'm so pleased that I have joined this website.



Warm regards,

Prasanna

Dx 12/24/2012, DCIS, 3cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/19/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Right
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Jan 29, 2013 03:22PM Prasanna13 wrote:

Hi BirdyRobin,

I am sorry to hear that you have been through stage I to stage IIIB and still so positive. I am very impressed and encouraged from your strength. God bless you.

Good luck for tomorrow!



Dx 12/24/2012, DCIS, 3cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 1/19/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary, Right