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Topic: Difference between stages and grades of BC

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Posted on: Jan 28, 2013 06:46PM

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

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Jan 28, 2013 06:57PM 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 07:19PM 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 01/20/2013 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)
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Jan 28, 2013 08:45PM 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 04/16/2011 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left) Chemotherapy 06/01/2011 Cytoxan, Taxol Radiation Therapy 11/01/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 06/20/2012 Femara Surgery 08/20/2012 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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Jan 28, 2013 11:39PM , edited Jan 28, 2013 11:41PM 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 02:27AM 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 06/20/2011 Cytoxan, Ellence, fluorouracil, Taxotere Surgery 09/13/2011 Mastectomy (Both) Radiation Therapy 01/09/2012 External Surgery 03/08/2012 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both) Hormonal Therapy 04/01/2012 Femara
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Jan 29, 2013 05:16PM 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 (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)
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Jan 29, 2013 05:22PM 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 (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)