Stage III

Stage III is categorized into 3 subcategories:

Stage IIIA:

  • There is no tumor present or the tumor present could be any size.
  • The tumor is large than 5 centimeters and small groups of cells are found in the lymph nodes.
  • The tumor is larger than 5 centimeters and the cancer has spread to 1-3 axillary lymph nodes.

Stage IIIB:

  • The tumor may be any size and has spread to the chest wall and/or skin of the breast.
  • The tumor has spread to no more than 9 axillary lymph nodes.
  • The tumor has spread to the lymph nodes near the breast breastbone.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer is considered at least stage IIIB.

Stage IIIC:

  • There is no sign of a tumor or the tumor present may be any size and has spread to the chest wall.
  • The cancer has spread to over 10 axillary lymph nodes.
  • Cancer has spread to lymph nodes above or below the collarbone.
  • The tumor has spread to axillary lymph nodes or lymph nodes near the breastbone.

For more information on breast cancer or to schedule an appointment at the Breast Health Center, call Christian Hospital at 877.747.9355 or email us.