Breast cancer stage describes the extent of the cancer within your body. Breast cancer stage is the most important factor for prognosis. In general, the earlier the stage, the better the prognosis will be. In the past, tumor stage was classified using only these 3 measures. Starting in , the TNM system added these measures:.
Treatment of Breast Cancer Stages I-III
Number stages of breast cancer | Cancer Research UK
The poorest prognosis is for metastatic breast cancer stage IV , when the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body. Learn more about breast cancer treatment. An overall survival rate shows the percentage of people who are alive after a certain period of time after diagnosis of a disease such as breast cancer. For example, say the 5-year overall survival for women with stage I breast cancer was 90 percent. This would mean 90 percent of women diagnosed with stage I breast cancer survive at least 5 years beyond diagnosis. Most of these women would live much longer than 5 years past their diagnoses. Overall survival varies by breast cancer stage.
Number stages of breast cancer
The number staging system for breast cancer divides breast cancers into 4 stages, from 1 to 4. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body. Stage 1 breast cancer means that the cancer is small and only in the breast tissue, or it might be found in lymph nodes close to the breast. It is an early stage breast cancer. Stage 3 means that the cancer has spread from the breast to lymph nodes close to the breast or to the skin of the breast or to the chest wall.
A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing.