Diagnosis is the first step in dealing with breast cancer. Learn more about what to expect next.

A breast cancer diagnosis is never easy, and while everything might feel overwhelming, understanding what comes next and how you would like to deal with each piece of the process is important. Each individual treatment plan is based on several factors including, the location, size, stage and type of breast cancer you have, your overall well-being, your sensitivity to hormones and your personal preferences.

Staging

In this initial period, you and your doctor will try to learn everything you can about your cancer. What type is it? Where is it located? Has it spread, and if so, what is its predicted path? Knowing the stage of your cancer helps to identify whether cancer is at an early, locally advanced or metastatic stage. In turn, this knowledge determines the course of treatment your doctor will recommend.

The stages of breast cancer are:

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