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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Breast Cancer – Locally Advanced (STAGE III)

This NCCNQUICK GUIDE

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sheet summarizes key points from the compl

ete NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Breast Cancer – Locally Advanced (STAGE III) . T

hese guidelines explain which

tests and treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the

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What is locally advanced breast cancer?

It is a cancer of cells that line the breast parts that make or carry breast milk.

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The cancer has spread into the breast’s fatty tissue but not to distant sites.

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There are three groups of locally advanced breast cancer. Stage IIIA cancers do

not involve the breast skin or chest wall but have spread into nearby lymph nodes.

Stage IIIB cancers do involve the breast skin, chest wall, or both. Stage IIIC

cancers have spread to a great extent within nearby lymph nodes.

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What health care is needed before treatment?

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

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Pictures of the insides of your breasts by 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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Removal of tissue samples to test for cancer

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

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Blood tests to check for health problems if needed

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Advice on genetic tests if your breast cancer risk may have been 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 Guidelines

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Version 1.2017

NCCN

GUIDELINES

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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Breast Cancer

Locally Advanced

STAGE I I I

Version 1.2017