What are the 4 stages of breast cancer?
- T1mi: The tumor is the size of 1 mm or smaller.
- T1a: The tumor’s size is between 1 and 5 mm.
- T1b: The tumor size is between 5 and 10 mm.
- T1c: The tumor size is between 10 and 20 mm.
What is the staging process for breast cancer? Clinical staging is based on the results of tests done before surgery, which may include physical examinations, mammogram, ultrasound, and MRI scans. Pathological staging is based on what is found during surgery to remove breast tissue and lymph nodes. The results are usually available several days after surgery.
What is the difference between grading and staging of breast cancer? Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Grading means how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope. Doctors use the stage and grade of a cancer to help them decide which treatment you need. There are different systems used in the UK to stage breast cancer.
What’s the highest stage of breast cancer? The highest stage (stage IV) is any cancer with metastases (M1), no matter the size of the tumor, the lymph node status or other factors. This is known as metastatic breast cancer and is the most advanced stage of breast cancer.