Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
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T3 means it was larger than 5cm in size.
N1 means there was 1-3 lymph nodes involved in your arm pit with cancer.
multifocal means the cancer was in multiple areas in your breast. that is good you had a mastectomy.
grade 2 is a scale that describes how bizzar and abnormal the cells look under the microscope compared to normal breast cells.
it goes grade 1-3, 3 being the most bizzar with cancer cells potentially acting the most aggressively.
also we need to know the hormone status of ER or estrogen receptor status and also her-2/neu overexpression or not.
your tumor was pretty large and spread to lymph nodes
most chemotherapy doctors would recommend chemotherapy after your surgery.
have you consulted with a chemotherapy medical oncology doctor yet?
yes, with a T3N1 breast tumor, you need adjuvant chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy after chemotherapy.
chemotherapy will improve your chances of cure and decrease chances of your breast cancer spreading to other parts of your body.
did you meet with the chemotherapy doctors yet?
you will recover fine if you do radiation and tamoxifen, but you have a higher chance for the cancer to come back if you don't do chemotherapy.