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Breast cancer stages

Making an educated treatment decision begins with the stage, or progression, of the disease. Using the results from your diagnostic tests, your care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) will develop an appropriate treatment plan for you.

If you have been recently diagnosed, we will review your pathology to confirm you have received the correct diagnosis and staging information, and develop a personalized treatment plan. If you have a recurrence, we will perform comprehensive testing and identify a treatment approach that is suited to your needs.

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Cancer Staging

Stage IV breast cancer

Stage IV breast cancer means the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body. The affected areas may include the bones, brain, lungs or liver, and more than one part of the body may be involved.

TNM

At stage IV, TNM designations help describe the extent of the disease. Higher numbers indicate more extensive disease.  Most commonly, stage IV breast cancer is described as:

  • T: T1, T2, T3 or T4, depending on the size and/or extent of the primary tumor.
  • N1: Cancer has spread to the lymph nodes
  • M1: The disease has spread to other sites in the body

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We understand you may be feeling overwhelmed with questions and concerns about your type of cancer and what it all means. We're here to help guide you through the process.

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Our team of cancer experts uses advanced, minimally invasive diagnostic technology to detect cancerous cells anywhere in the body.

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