Stages of Cancer ... just found out ... what does this really mean?
I suddenly feel like I have just been newly diagnosed again. Since original diagnosis in June I was told I had 'early cancer' - ER neg, PR neg and HER2 pos, grade three. Had the lumpectomy and all lymph nodes in right arm removed. I was under the misapprehension that I didn't have a stage, just a grade as this was 'early cancer'. They said the success for prevention was 90 plus per cent. Then I got asked by someone what stage I was, so asked chemo onc thinking he would confirm my ideas. He was a registrar and I don't know if everyone does this but googled some stats from my file and said Stage 2. I was in shock. Does this mean things are a lot worse than I thought? I couldn't help crying on the drive home as it felt like I'd just found out things aren't as good as I thought. ☹
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