Stage IIA[ edit ] One of the following three items applies: T0 or T1, N1 but not N1mi , M0: It has spread to 1 to 3 axillary lymph nodes N1a , but not to distant sites M0 , or Tiny amounts of cancer are found in internal mammary lymph nodes on sentinel lymph node biopsy N1b , but not in distant sites M0 , or It has spread to 1 to 3 axillary lymph nodes, and tiny amounts of cancer are found in internal mammary lymph nodes on sentinel lymph node biopsy N1c , but not to distant sites M0 , or T2, N0, M0: Stage IIB[ edit ] Either of the following applies:
Breast Cancer in men: Males get breast carcinoma too - Moose and Doc
If the cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes, there is a higher chance that the cells could have also traveled through the lymph system and spread metastasized to other parts of your body. The more lymph nodes with breast cancer cells, the more likely it is that the cancer may be found in other organs. Because of this, finding cancer in one or more lymph nodes often affects your treatment plan. Usually, surgery to remove one or more lymph nodes will be needed to know whether the cancer has spread. Still, not all men with cancer cells in their lymph nodes develop metastases to other areas, and some men can have no cancer cells in their lymph nodes and later develop metastases. Benign breast conditions Men can also have some benign not cancerous breast disorders.
Since the updated staging system for breast cancer now also includes the ER, PR and HER2 status, the stages may be higher or lower than previous staging systems. Whether or not treatment strategies will change with this new staging system are yet to be determined. You should discuss your stage and treatment options with your physician.
Print Overview Male breast cancer is a rare cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, breast cancer does occur in men. Male breast cancer is most common in older men, though it can occur at any age. Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure. Treatment typically involves surgery to remove the breast tissue.