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STAGE II

Stage II breast cancer describes invasive breast cancer, which is growing, although it is still contained within the breast or nearby lymph nodes. Although Stage II breast cancer often requires aggressive measures this cancer usually responds well to treatment. Stage II is divided into subcategories known as IIA and IIB.

STAGE IIA

Invasive breast cancer in which:

stage 2aSTAGE IIB

Invasive breast cancer in which:

stage 2bTREATMENT

Surgery is standard for stage II breast cancer. The treatment is similar to that in Stage I, although it may be more aggressive. For smaller tumors treatment to the breast may include lumpectomy plus radiation, with larger tumors this may include a total mastectomy plus radiation. Treatment to the lymph nodes might include lymph node removal, and possible radiation to supra clavicular and/or internal mammary lymph nodes. Additional treatments often include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy, or targeted therapy.

CHARACTERISTICS (Stage II)

  •   Invasive
  •   Either tumor is evident, or cancer in the lymph nodes, or both

LEARN MORE

Click on the links below to learn more about each breast cancer stage.

Stage 0
Stage I
Stage II
Stage III
Stage IV
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