Breast Cancer Staging

American Cancer Society provides an update of 5-year corresponding survival statistics based on breast cancer stages and it’s as follow:

Breast Cancer Stage 0: 100%

Breast Cancer Stage I: 100;

Breast Cancer Stage II: 93%;

Breast Cancer Stage III: 72%;

Breast Cancer Stage IV: 22%.

Early treatment is the important factors to improve the 5-year corresponding survival rate of breast cancer. Doctors use staging information to help plan treatment and to predict a patient’s prognosis.

TNM system:

The staging system most often used for breast cancer is TNM.

The T refers to the size and extent of the main tumor. The main tumor is usually called the primary tumor.

T1, T2, T3, T4: Refers to the size and/or extent of the main tumor. The higher the number after the T, the larger the tumor or the more it has grown into nearby tissues.

The N refers to the number of nearby lymph nodes that have cancer.

N1, N2, N3: Refers to the number and location of lymph nodes that contain cancer. The higher the number after the N, the more lymph nodes that contain cancer.

The M refers to whether the cancer has metastasized. This means that the cancer has spread from the primary tumor to other parts of the body.

M0: Cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.

M1: Cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

(The treatment for different stages of breast cancer is only for reference.)

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Breast Cancer Stages and Corresponding Treatments

Breast Cancer stage 0: Tis (Carcinoma in situ), N0 stage, M0 stage; Cancer cells only present in the breast

Treatment for breast cancer stage 0: Surgery (Modified Radical Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction), Green Chemotherapy

Breast Cancer stage I: T1, N0, M0 ——Cancer cells only spread to nearby tissues;

Treatment for breast cancer stage I: Surgery (Modified Radical Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction), Interventional Therapy, Cryotherapy, Particle Implantation, Microwave Ablation, Green ChemotherapyNatural therapyGene Targeted Therapy, and TCombination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

Breast Cancer stage II:T0~T3, N0-N1, M0 —— Cancer has grown into nearby lymph nodes.

Treatment for breast cancer stage II: Surgery (Modified Radical Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction), Interventional Therapy,  Cryotherapy,  Particle Implantation, Microwave Ablation, Green ChemotherapyNatural therapy, Gene Targeted Therapy, and Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

Breast Cancer stage III: T0-T4, N0~N3, M0 —— Cancer has spread to axillary lymph nodes but didn’t spread to distant organ.

Treatment for breast cancer stage III: Interventional Therapy, CryotherapyParticle Implantation, Microwave Ablation, Green ChemotherapyNatural therapy, Gene Targeted Therapy, and Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

Breast Cancer stage IV: Any T stage, Any N stage, M1 ——Cancer has spread to distant organs.

Treatment for breast cancer stage IV: Interventional Therapy,  Cryotherapy, Particle Implantation, Microwave Ablation, Green ChemotherapyNatural therapyGene Targeted Therapy, and Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

We can offer help if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, make an appointment online or contact us at 02-8221222 (Manila Office) or at 0917-599-2277 (Cebu Office) for second opinion.

Different stages of breast cancer have different treatments. In St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, our Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) will tailor treatment for breast cancer patients based on their body conditions and cancer stage, size and the location of the tumor, which will help breast cancer patients save their breasts from resection, and avoid side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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