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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early Stage
(StageS I and II)
, Version 1.2016
What are stages I and II breast cancer?
It is a cancer that started in cells that line the breast parts that make or carry breast milk.8
The cancer has grown into the breast’s fatty tissue but not the breast skin or chest wall.10
The breast tumor is small and cancer is in none or a few lymph nodes near your armpit.
Otherwise, the breast tumor is large and no other sites have cancer.10
What options do NCCN experts recommend?
A clinical trial is a type of research that studies new health tests and treatments. It is the
treatment option that is preferred by NCCN experts. Other options are listed next.10
What health care do I need before treatment?
A report of your health history and an exam of your body16
Blood tests to check for health problems17
Pictures of the insides of your breasts by a mammogram and maybe ultrasound, MRI18
Pictures of your bones and the insides of your torso if there may be cancer18
Cancer tests of tissue from lymph nodes if they may have cancer21
Tests for two markers—hormone and HER2 receptors—within breast cancer cells22
Advice on genetic tests if breast cancer risk was likely passed down from your parents24
Advice on fertility methods if you may want to have babies after treatment24
Some questions about distress to see if you need help25
NCCN Quick Guide
This NCCNQuick Guide
sheet summarizes key points from the completeNCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : B
reast Cancer – Early Stage
(stageS I and iI)
These guidelines explain which tests and
treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visitNCCN.org/patients
or, to order printed copies, visitAmazon.com.
STAGEs I and I I