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Stage 0 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Stage 0 breast cancer is early stage cancer. Learn about its treatment options.

Stage 0 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

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Stage Information for Breast Cancer Treatment and Pregnancy

Procedures used for determining the stage of breast cancer should be modified for pregnant women to avoid radiation exposure to the fetus. Nuclear scans cause fetal radiation exposure.[1] If such scans are essential for evaluation, hydration and Foley catheter drainage of the bladder can be used to prevent retention of radioactivity. Timing of the exposure to radiation relative to the gestational age of the fetus may be more critical than the actual dose of radiation delivered.[2] Radiation exposure...

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Stage 1 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

In Stage 1 breast cancer, the cancer is still considered in an early stage. Learn about its treatment options.

Stage 1 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

 

Stage 2 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

In stage 2 breast cancer, the cancer is in the breast and may also be in nearby lymph nodes. This article describes Stage 2 breast cancer treatment options.

Stage 2 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

 

Stage 3 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

In stage 3 breast cancer, cancer hasn’t spread far beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes. Read about its treatment options.

Stage 3 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

 

Stage 4 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Stage 4 breast cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body. Learn how it’s treated.

Stage 4 Breast Cancer Treatment Options

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on February 20, 2012
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