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olga_wen

66d

New here ,feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed with all the information I've been given since my breast cancer diagnosis. I'm trying to understand the different stages and what they means .Could someone explain in layman's terms?

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    • BiBi77

      56d

      First of all I'm really sorry to hear about your diagnosis, I understand how it feels like to go through this journey. My wife is a survivor, she was diagnosed 2 years ago, it was an overwhelming time for us as we had just returned from a long vacation. As a supportive husband I wanted to understand her situation better and I took upon myself to read alot of medical journal pull up alot of resources and also pick the brain of some friends who were experts in the medical field. I will try share some of the info I got and make them as simple as I can: Stage 0: At this point , the cancer hasn't spread from where it started, it is just like it’s sitting at one place confined. You might hear Doctors might call this """"in situ,""""which means the cancerous cells are in their original position Stage 1: At this stages the cancer has begun to spread lil bit , but not that much, kinda like it’s contained, and it hasn’t gone too far from original position. Stage 2: at this point the cancer is spreading but still hasn’t moved that further, it’s still around the locality of it’s origin and specific lymph nodes, doctors break this down into stages 2A and 2B depending on how much it has spread. Stage 3: At this stage the cancer is more advanced and it might be big, or has spread to farther lymph nodes or tissues. Stage 4: This is most advanced stage of the cancer, at this point it might have spread to organs and other systems or parts of the body which is far from where the cancer developed.. I want you to know that this is just a phase of your life which will hopefully soon fade away, I am sending you all the warm hugs, prayers and strength. You’ll definitely overcome this!🙌

    • BiBi77

      56d

      First of all I'm really sorry to hear about your diagnosis, I understand how it feels like to go through this journey. My wife is a survivor, she was diagnosed 2 years ago, it was an overwhelming time for us as we had just returned from a long vacation. As a supportive husband I wanted to understand her situation better and I took upon myself to read alot of medical journal pull up alot of resources and also pick the brain of some friends who were experts in the medical field. I will try share some of the info I got and make them as simple as I can: Stage 0: At this point , the cancer hasn't spread from where it started, it is just like it’s sitting at one place confined. You might hear Doctors might call this """"in situ,""""which means the cancerous cells are in their original position Stage 1: At this stages the cancer has begun to spread lil bit , but not that much, kinda like it’s contained, and it hasn’t gone too far from original position. Stage 2: at this point the cancer is spreading but still hasn’t moved that further, it’s still around the locality of it’s origin and specific lymph nodes, doctors break this down into stages 2A and 2B depending on how much it has spread. Stage 3: At this stage the cancer is more advanced and it might be big, or has spread to farther lymph nodes or tissues. Stage 4: This is most advanced stage of the cancer, at this point it might have spread to organs and other systems or parts of the body which is far from where the cancer developed.. I want you to know that this is just a phase of your life which will hopefully soon fade away, I am sending you all the warm hugs, prayers and strength. You’ll definitely overcome this!🙌

    • Linabakina

      57d

      Sorry to hear about your diagnosis, I understand how this can be overwhelming for you. I just want you to know that we are all here to provide the necessary support you need , a shoulder to lean on. I definitely understand your situation, as a survivor myself I want you to know that you’re not alone. I will try to explain the stage of cancer as simple as I can, let me know if you have further questions. In summary there are about 4 stages , it starts from 0-4. For stage 0 and stage 1, the cancer is still at it’s origin, it hasn’t spread from it’s locality or where it started. Stage 2 means it started spreading and each substage shows how far it has spread Stage 3 and 4 are more advanced stages. The Latter is when the cancer has spread to other organs, systems and other parts of the body which is not necessarily related to where the cancer started. Sending you much love and strength.

    • OliviaPatientPower

      62d

      Welcome. I am sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. This article is written in plain language and may help you understand the different stages of breast cancer: https://www.patientpower.info/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-stages I hope it helps.

    • Elayja39

      66d

      Welcome ,We are here to help. Can you tell us what the doctor said? We can help you understand.

    • Linabakina

      66d

      its really overwhelming, i'm so sorry you have to go through it but you are not along

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