WHAT IS THE TREATMENT ADVOCATED IN STAGE 3 OF BREAST CANCER?
Stage 3A breast cancer means that the cancer has spread to four to nine axillary (armpit) lymph nodes, or has enlarged the internal mammary lymph nodes. The primary tumour may be any size.
It can also mean the tumour is bigger than 5 centimetres, and small groups of cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes. Finally, stage 3A can also include tumours greater than 5 centimetres in size with involvement of one to three axillary lymph nodes or any breastbone nodes.
Stage 3B means a breast tumour has invaded the chest wall or skin and may or may not have invaded up to nine lymph nodes. Stage 3C means cancer is found in 10 or more axillary lymph nodes, lymph nodes near the collarbone, or internal mammary nodes.
Treatment for stage 3 breast cancers is similar to that of stage 2.