Breast Cancer (cont.)
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How Do Doctors Determine Breast Cancer Stages?
Surgery is the mainstay of therapy for breast cancer. The choice of which type of surgery is based on a number of factors, including the size and location of the tumor, the type of tumor and the person's overall health and personal wishes. Breast-sparing surgery is often possible and can be equally effective when combined with other treatment as compared to whole breast removal or mastectomy.
The cancer is staged, using the information from surgery and from other tests. Staging is a classification that reflects the extent and spread of a cancer at the time of its diagnosis and has an impact on treatment decisions and also the prognosis for recovery.
Breast cancer is staged from 0 to IV. You might see a TNM staging system which is based on the tumor size, lymph node involvement, and whether metastasis has occurred. This TNM system is used to determine the final staging from 0 to IV.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/17/2016
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