Stage 1 Breast Cancer Definition

Leading breast cancer expert Dr. Jay K. Harness defines stage 1 breast cancer and explains what it means for patients who are diagnosed with it.

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Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS: Stage 1 breast cancer is an invasive breast cancer that means the cancer has grown through the walls of the duct into their surrounding tissue.  Stage 1 breast cancer typically means that the lymph nodes are not involved and typically it also means that the cancer is 2 cm or smaller in size.

Now being stage 1 is good that your long-term survival for stage 1 breast cancer by and large are very-very good and the treatment of stage 1 breast cancer is treatments of what we are taking about in subsequent videos.  We have to control the cancer within the breast and we will talk about the surgical options for that.  We will also talk about the other adjunctive things that we do.  It may involve radiation therapy, may involve anti-hormonal therapy.

Typically, but not always, stage 1 breast cancer usually does not involve chemotherapy, but there are certainly exceptions to that and I will talk more about that under adjuvant chemotherapy.

Dr. Jay K. Harness is a board certified surgeon currently treating patients at St. Joesph Hospital in Orange, CA. Dr. Harness specializes in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, management of breast health issues, risk assessment and counseling. Dr. Harness is the medical director for Breast Cancer Answers.com, and guides this first ever social media show’s information by drawing on his former leadership experience as the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1969 and spent time early on in his career at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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