How long can you live after stage 2 breast cancer?
|Breast Cancer Stage*||5-Year Breast Cancer-Specific Survival Rate|
|Adapted from Weiss et al. |
Is Stage 2 breast cancer curable? Stage II breast cancers are curable with current multi-modality treatment consisting of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy. Effective treatment of stage II breast cancer requires both local and systemic therapy.
Is Stage 2 breast cancer considered early? Stage 2 breast cancer means that the cancer is either in the breast or in the nearby lymph nodes or both. It is an early stage breast cancer. The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and how far it has spread.
Do you need chemo for Stage 2 breast cancer? Chemotherapy is usually offered after surgery for stage 2 breast cancer. It may be given before surgery (called neoadjuvant therapy) if: the tumour is larger than 5 cm. the cancer has spread to lymph nodes both under the arm and around the breastbone.