Understanding the Stages of Breast Cancer

Doctors stage breast cancer at the time of diagnosis to determine the most appropriate type of treatment and to predict your outlook and the chances of a cure.

After a breast cancer diagnosis, staging establishes the extent and characteristics of your breast cancer.

Breast cancer staging is complex and considers many different factors, such as the size and location of a breast cancer tumor and whether cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes or other areas of your body.

In this article, we explain how doctors determine breast cancer staging and provide an overview of each stage of breast cancer.


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