Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the world, especially in women. In the recent years the number of victims of this particular type of cancer has reached to a massive proportion and in various countries breast cancer has already reached to an alarming height. Like many other types of cancer various stages of breast cancer provide different levels of risks and the treatment of breast cancer solely depends on the stage and depth of the disease in the affected patient. This is the reason why the determination and diagnosis of the breast cancer and various stages of breast cancer holds too much importance in regard to the treatment of the disease. Here we would discuss in regard to various stages of breast cancer and introduce the possible diagnostic as well as therapeutic measures in relation to various stages of breast cancer.
The Factors that determine various stages of breast cancer
In majority of cases the size of the tumor in the breast actually determines the stage of the breast cancer. The size of the tumor varies in accordance to the depth and density of the disease and this is the reason why the tumor and its size play so crucial a role in the determination of various stages of cancer. The second most important determinative factor in diagnosing various stages of breast cancer is the spread of the cancerous cells. Whether the cancerous cells have spread to all the lymph nodes of the breast or outside of the breast in other parts of the body actually determines the various stages of breast cancer. Another determinative factor in the diagnosis of various stages of breast cancer is how far the spread of the cancerous cells happened to cover the lymph nodes of the breast or in other word to say to what extent the lymph nodes of the breast is affected by the spread of the cancerous cells. In most advanced stages of breast cancer the cancerous cells can spread as far as the lymph nodes above your collar bones or under your arm pit or even further. Apart from the tumorous breast cancer inflammatory breast cancer is one of the commonly diagnosed types of breast cancer which is considered as stage III breast cancer. Here below we would provide few details in regard to various stages of breast cancer.
Stage I Breast Cancer
Stage I breast cancer declares just the onset of the disease in your breast and among the various stages of breast cancer it is likely to deserve best possible results of treatment. Here we would describe some of the notable syndromes that determine the breast cancer to be of first stage.
#. The size of the tumor is a major determinant and in stage 1 the tumor should not be more than 2 CM. of diameter.
#. The cancerous cells have not yet affected the lymph nodes in the breast.
#. The cancer has not spread outside of the breast.
Stage II Breast Cancer
As the first onset of the cancer does not cause much of physical syndromes and troubles, in majority of cases the first stage of breast cancer remains mostly undetected and most in many cases the breast cancer is diagnosed when it is developed to type II stage. Here are the main syndromes of stage II breast cancer.
#. The tumor is found to be 2 to 5 CM. or more than 5 CM. in diameter and the cancerous cells have not spread to auxiliary lymph nodes.
#. The tumor is still less than 2 CM. in diameter but the cancerous cells have spread to as much as 3 auxiliary lymph nodes.
Stage III Breast Cancer
Among various stages of breast cancer this stage is typically considered to be of higher stage and contains the following syndromes.
#. The tumor is more than 5 CM. and the cancerous cells spread to auxiliary lymph nodes but the cancerous cells in the lymph nodes have not been connected and have not grown into one another.
#. The tumor is smaller than 5 CM. in diameter but the cancerous cells have spread into auxiliary lymph nodes and grown into one another rapidly.
#. The tumor is small and even did not grow big as 5 CM. but the cancerous cells have spread up to the auxiliary nodes above the collar bones.
#. Inflammatory breast cancer which is known to have symptoms like inflammation of the breast, reddening of breast, swelling of the breast, dimples in the breast skin, etc. is considered to be stage III breast cancer.
Stage IV Breast Cancer
Among all the various stages of breast cancer this is considered to be the gravest one in respect of posing life threats and challenges for medical treatment. The symptoms of stage IV breast cancer does not pose any special difference except the fact that in this stage the cancer spreads to other areas of the body and thus becomes acute as well as severe.
Various stages of breast cancer as mentioned above are considered to have different physiological dimensions and determining the stages is considered to be most crucial for the further treatment of the breast cancer. By determining the stage of the cancer the doctor can actually envisage the depth and density of the penetration of the disease on which the course of treatment must depend.