February 2, 2007, Newsletter Issue #51: About Stage II Breast Cancer

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Stage II breast cancer is used to identify the size of the tumor in your breast which is larger than a two centimeters and/or cancer cells have entered the lymph nodes under your arm. Stage II breast cancer is further broken down into stage IIA, in which the tumor is between two and five centimeters or with lymph node involvement and has not spread to distant sites. Or stage IIB, in which the tumor can be less than centimeters with lymph node involvement or greater than five centimeters without lymph node involvement. There is no invasion of cancer cells to distant sites.

If you have stage II breast cancer, discuss with your doctor the different treatment options, which could include removal of the tumor and underarm lymph nodes or a partial mastectomy, as well as radiation therapy.

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