My stage is 1A, more accurately described as: Yp, T1a, NO, MX, Group 1A
Yp: signifies staging after chemotherapy, which is considered post neoadjuvant therapy
T represents the size of the tumor. A T1a means Tumor is larger than 1 mm but smaller than 5 mm in greatest dimension
For me, the residual tumor invasive component measures 1.5 mm
N signifies the nodes. NO is node negative, which means there is no cancer in my lymph nodes.
M refers to metastases. MX tells that my cancer has not metastasized and is contained within the breast.
The SBR histologic grade is still III/III.
Based on the microscopic appearance of cancer cells, pathologists commonly describe tumor grade by four degrees of severity: Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4. The cells of Grade 1 tumors resemble normal cells, and tend to grow and multiply slowly. Grade 1 tumors are generally considered the least aggressive in behavior. Conversely, the cells of Grade 3 or Grade 4 tumors do not look like normal cells of the same type. Grade 3 and 4 tumors tend to grow rapidly and spread faster than tumors with a lower grade. The American Joint Committee on Cancer recommends the following guidelines for grading tumors:
Grade GX Grade cannot be assessed (Undetermined grade) G1 Well-differentiated (Low grade) G2 Moderately differentiated (Intermediate grade) G3 Poorly differentiated (High grade) G4 Undifferentiated (High grade)
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!