Stage 2

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What does it mean to have Stage 2 breast cancer?

Stage 2 means the breast cancer is growing, but it is still contained in the breast or growth has only extended to the nearby lymph nodes.

This stage is divided into groups: Stage 2A and Stage 2B. The difference is determined by the size of the tumor and whether the breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

Stage IIA Breast cancer means one of the following descriptions applies.

Either:

No actual tumor is associated with the cancerous cells and less than four auxillary lymph nodes have cancer cells present.

OR

The tumor is less than 2 centimeters and less than four auxillary lymph nodes have cancer cells present.

OR

The tumor is between 2 and 5 centimeters and has not yet spread to the lymph nodes.

Stage IIB Breast cancer means one of the following descriptions applies.

Either:

The tumor is between the 2 and 5 centimeters and has spread to less than four axillary lymph nodes.

OR

The tumor is larger than five centimeters, but has not spread to any axillary lymph nodes.

 

What should a person with Stage II breast cancer expect from treatment?

Although Stage 2 breast cancer may require more aggressive treatment measures than the recommendations for Stage 1, Stage II breast cancer usually responds well to treatment.

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer. Watch Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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What should a person with Stage II breast cancer expect from treatment?

Although Stage 2 breast cancer may require more aggressive treatment measures than the recommendations for Stage 1, Stage II breast cancer usually responds well to treatment.

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer. Watch Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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