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prognosis

Is anybody able to share with me the likely outcome of stage IIIa breast cancer?
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Unfortunately no.

This needs to be discussed with an oncologist due to the fact that there is more to a prognosis than the label or name of the cancer.

The pathology report is like a medical warrant of fitness on the observed cancer, where is was found, what lymph node involvement, what type...

Then prognosis changes depending on treatment given.

Suspect you may know someone perhaps and dont have access to this information - you can gently ask questions if this is the case and you will soon find out how much the person is willing to share.
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To add to what nylani posted, there are all kinds of statistical tables regarding prognosis that you can find in an Internet search, but such statistics tend to be confusing, because there are many ways to approach survival statistics.

Some just look at the chance you'll be alive  next year, or in 3 years, or 10, but  don’t take into account the severity of your disease; just that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Others give figures regarding  the percentage of women with breast cancer who’ll still be alive 5 years or some other point after diagnosis, compared to the general population, based on some basic facts about their diagnosis (such as stage).

In either case, you need to know whether the stats are specifically for death FROM BC, or just death of people who had been DX with BC. (Obviously, some of the women with breast cancer who don’t survive 5 years may die of completely unrelated causes: a car accident, a heart attack, a drug overdose.)

Your treating physicians, who have available all the details of your  specific case, including your medical history and all of your test results, would be in the best position to make any comments as to YOUR  prognosis, should they choose to do so. But some  doctors choose not to do so,  because the statistics are based on overall averages from large populations, over past periods of years, and have little meaning when it comes down to  an individual case;  much depends on how well the individual's cancer responds to the treatment given; and many doctors have had the experience of cases turning out much different than they expected and/or predicted.

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