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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Cáncer de mama (seno) estadio II

Stage IIA breast cancer ( brest KAN-ser)
Stage II breast cancer is divided into stages IIA and IIB. In stage IIA, (1) no tumor is found in the breast, but cancer is found in the axillary (under the arm) lymph nodes; or (2) the tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes; or (3) the tumor is larger than 2 centimeters but not larger than 5 centimeters and has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.