stage III breast cancer

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Stage III is divided into stages IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC. In stage IIIA, (1) no tumor is found in the breast or the tumor may be any size. Cancer is found in 4 to 9 axillary lymph nodes or in the lymph nodes near the breastbone (found during imaging tests or a physical exam); or (2) the tumor is larger than 5 centimeters. Small clusters of breast cancer cells (larger than 0.2 millimeter but not larger than 2 millimeters) are found in the lymph nodes; or (3) the tumor is larger than 5 centimeters. Cancer has spread to 1 to 3 axillary lymph nodes or to the lymph nodes near the breastbone (found during a sentinel lymph node biopsy). In stage IIIB, the tumor may be any size and cancer has spread to the chest wall and/or to the skin of the breast and caused swelling or an ulcer. Also, cancer may have spread to: (1) up to 9 axillary lymph nodes; or (2) the lymph nodes near the breastbone. Cancer that has spread to the skin of the breast may also be inflammatory breast cancer. In stage IIIC, no tumor is found in the breast or the tumor may be any size. Cancer may have spread to the skin of the breast and caused swelling or an ulcer and/or has spread to the chest wall. Also, cancer has spread to: (1) 10 or more axillary lymph nodes; or (2) lymph nodes above or below the collarbone; or (3) axillary lymph nodes and lymph nodes near the breastbone. Cancer that has spread to the skin of the breast may also be inflammatory breast cancer. For treatment, stage IIIC breast cancer is divided into operable and inoperable stage IIIC.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Stage IIIA breast cancer. No tumor is found in the breast or the tumor may be any size and cancer is found in 4 to 9 axillary lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone (left panel); OR the tumor is larger than 5 centimeters and small clusters of cancer cells (larger than 0.2 millimeter but not larger than 2 millimeters) are found in the lymph nodes (middle panel); OR the tumor is larger than 5 centimeters and cancer is found in 1 to 3 axillary lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone (right panel).Stage IIIB breast cancer. The tumor may be any size and cancer has spread to the chest wall and/or to the skin of the breast and caused swelling or an ulcer. Cancer may have spread to up to 9 axillary lymph nodes or the lymph nodes near the breastbone. Cancer that has spread to the skin of the breast may be inflammatory breast cancer.Stage IIIC breast cancer. No tumor is found in the breast or the tumor may be any size and may have spread to the chest wall and/or to the skin of the breast and caused swelling or an ulcer. Also, cancer has spread to 10 or more axillary lymph nodes (left panel); OR to lymph nodes above or below the collarbone (middle panel); OR to axillary lymph nodes and lymph nodes near the breastbone (right panel). Cancer that has spread to the skin of the breast may be inflammatory breast cancer.Cáncer de seno (mama) en estadio lllA. No se encuentra tumor en la mama o el tumor puede ser de cualquier tamaño y se encuentra cáncer en 4 a 9 ganglios linfáticos de la axila, o en los ganglios linfáticos cerca del esternón (dibujo de la izquierda); O el tumor mide más de 5 cm y se encuentran grupos pequeños de células cancerosas (que miden más de 0,2 mm, pero no más de 2 mm) en los ganglios linfáticos (dibujo del medio); O el tumor mide más de 5 cm y se encuentra cáncer en 1 a 3 ganglios linfáticos de la axila o en los ganglios linfáticos cerca del esternón (dibujo de la derecha).Cáncer de seno (mama) en estadio lllB. El tumor puede ser de cualquier tamaño y el cáncer se diseminó a la pared del pecho o a la piel de la mama y causó hinchazón o una úlcera. El cáncer se pudo diseminar hasta nueve ganglios linfáticos de la axila o a los ganglios linfáticos cerca del esternón. El cáncer que se diseminó a la piel de la mama puede ser cáncer de seno (mama) inflamatorio. Cáncer de seno (mama) en estadio lllC. No se encuentra tumor en la mama o el tumor puede ser de cualquier tamaño, y se pudo diseminar a la pared del pecho o a la piel de la mama y causar hinchazón o una úlcera. Además, el cáncer se diseminó a 10 o más ganglios linfáticos de la axila (dibujo de la izquierda); O a los ganglios linfáticos encima o debajo de la clavícula (dibujo del medio); O a los ganglios linfáticos de la axila y a los ganglios linfáticos cerca del esternón (dibujo de la derecha). El cáncer que se diseminó a la piel de la mama puede ser cáncer de seno (mama) inflamatorio. Date last modified: 2012-10-02Breast Cancer TreatmentCáncer de seno (mama): Tratamiento