ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a cancer's growth or spread. This is called the stage. Use the menu to see other pages.
The stage of a breast cancer is determined by the cancer's characteristics, such as how large it is and whether or not it has hormone receptors.
Breast cancer stage is based on tumor size, location, existing in lymph nodes and whether the cancer has spread. Explore advanced stage 4 and early breast.