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Topic: Difference between stages and grades of BC

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Posted on: Jan 29, 2013 12:46AM

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



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Jan 29, 2013 12:57AM 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 29, 2013 01:19AM 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 01/20/2013 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
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Jan 29, 2013 02:45AM 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- Hormonal Therapy 06/20/2012 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 08/20/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 04/16/2011 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Radiation Therapy 11/01/2011 Chemotherapy 06/01/2011 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel)
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Jan 29, 2013 05:39AM , edited Jan 29, 2013 05:41AM 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 08:27AM 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- Hormonal Therapy 04/01/2012 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 09/13/2011 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast Surgery 03/08/2012 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 01/09/2012 Chemotherapy 06/20/2011 Ellence (chemical name: epirubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (also called 5-fluorouracil or 5-FU; brand name: Adrucil) , Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Jan 29, 2013 11:16PM 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 01/20/2013 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
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Jan 29, 2013 11:22PM 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 01/20/2013 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side