Sentenced To Stage 2A Breast Cancer What Does That Mean?
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Cancer stage is determined with the aim of knowing the extent to which cancer growth has occurred. So of course this will be used in consideration of the treatment or treatment given whether limited to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy alone or necessary with other treatments. The stages in determining the condition of cancer are using two systems, namely the number system and the TNM system.
The number system consists of Stage 0 to stage IV. Where stage 0 is interpreted as the absence of cancer cells, only abnormal cells that have the potential to become cancerous. Stage I is a cancer that is still small and in one area, stage II and III are defined as a cancerous condition that is larger and has grown in other tissues nearby or in the lymph nodes, and finally stage IV means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body or has metastasized.
While the TNM system (Tumor, Nodus, and Metastasis) is defined as:
T (Tumor): from number 0-4 where the higher the number, the greater the tumor N (Nodus): from number 0-3 which states that the possibility of the spread of cancer that has reached the lymph nodes. Where N0 arrthis there are no lymph nodes involved, and the higher the number, the more spread of cancer cells in the lymph node M (Metastasis): between the numbers 0 or 1, which states that M0 means there is no spread, whereas M1 is the presence of cells cancer that has spread to other organs or tissues in the body. The purpose of stage IIA in your breast cancer is that at this stage the size of the tumor / cancer is greater than 2cm but less than 5cm. And breast cancer cells are found in lymph nodes or cancer can be more than 5 cm in size but cancer cells have not spread to lymph nodes. You can consult further with your treating doctor. Thus our explanation, may be useful.