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  • Staging and prognosis of breast cancer

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    Prognosis

    Prognosis means the expected outcome of a disease. You may wish to discuss your prognosis with your doctor, but it is not possible for anyone to predict the exact course of the disease. In working out a prognosis, your doctor will consider the stage and grade of the cancer, as well as its hormone receptor and HER2 status. 

    Survival rates for people with breast cancer have increased significantly over time due to better tests and scans, earlier detection, and improvements in treatment methods. Most people with early or locally advanced breast cancer can be treated successfully.

    Staging

    Grading

    Tests on breast tissue

    Which health professionals will I see?

    Your general practitioner (GP) will arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms. If these tests do not rule out cancer, you’ll usually be referred to a specialist breast service for further tests.

    If breast cancer is diagnosed, you will usually first see a breast surgeon who will consider treatment options. Often these will be discussed with other health professionals at what is known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting. During and after treatment, you will see a range of health professionals who specialise in different aspects of your care.

    This website page was last reviewed and updated October 2019

    Information last reviewed: Prof Christobel Saunders, Professor of Surgical Oncology and Head, Division of Surgery, The University of Western Australia, and Consultant Surgeon, Royal Perth, Fiona Stanley and St John of God Subiaco Hospitals, WA; Dr Marie-Frances Burke, Radiation Oncologist, Medical Director, Genesis CancerCare Queensland, QLD; Kylie Campbell, Breast Care Nurse and Clinical Lead, Murraylands, McGrath Foundation, SA; Carmen Heathcote, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Queensland, QLD; Annmaree Mitchell, Consumer; Sarah Pratt, Nurse Coordinator, Breast Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Wendy Vincent, Breast Physician, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, NSW, and Clinical Director BreastScreen NSW, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW; A/Prof Nicholas Wilcken, Director of Medical Oncology, Westmead Hospital, and Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Breast Cancer Group, NSW.

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