Breast Cancer (cont.)
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Breast Cancer Stages and Surgery
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.
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 tumor 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 10/3/2014
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