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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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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.

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The cancer has grown into the breast’s fatty tissue but not the breast skin or chest wall.

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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.

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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.

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What health care do I need before treatment?

A report of your health history and an exam of your body

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Blood tests to check for health problems

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Pictures of the insides of your breasts by a mammogram and maybe ultrasound, MRI

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Pictures of your bones and the insides of your torso if there may be cancer

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Cancer tests of tissue from lymph nodes if they may have cancer

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Tests for two markers—hormone and HER2 receptors—within breast cancer cells

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Advice on genetic tests if breast cancer risk was likely passed down from your parents

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Advice on fertility methods if you may want to have babies after treatment

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Some questions about distress to see if you need help

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NCCN Quick Guide

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NCCN Guidelines

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : B

reast Cancer – Early Stage

(stageS I and iI)

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These guidelines explain which tests and

treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit

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Breast Cancer

Early-Stage

STAGEs I and I I

Version 1.2016