A Texas woman celebrating the end of her radiation treatment was so excited to ring the hospital’s signature bell that she broke it.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, I broke the bell!’ I thought, you know, I didn’t think I had any strength left in me, but obviously, I do!’” Darla Jaye, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, said, according to Fox 26 Houston.
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Harris Health System, which is where Jaye had been receiving treatment since May, posted the video on their Facebook page where it received over 2,100 views since Monday. Jaye also posted photos and video of the scene writing that it was the best way to celebrate being cancer-free.
Jaye can be seen walking up the bell and giving it a good ring before the rope attached to the bell flies off to everyone’s amusement.
“Congratulations to Darla Jaye!” the hospital posted. “She completed her last round of radiation treatment for breast cancer. She was so excited, she broke the bell!”
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Jaye commented on the video and thanked the nurses and oncologists for “saving my life and helping me battle through cancer. I am eternally grateful. God Bless You All.”
Tumor size is an important factor in breast cancer staging, and it can affect a person’s treatment options and outlook. Tumors are likely to be smaller when doctors detect them early, which can make them easier to treat.
However, the size of the tumor is only one of the factors that doctors consider when staging a person’s breast cancer. Other factors include the location of the tumor, whether it has spread outside of the breast, the appearance of the cancer cells, and the presence of hormone receptors.
In this article, we present a tumor size chart and discuss how tumor size affects cancer staging. We also cover other factors that contribute to staging, treatment, and a person’s outlook.
Doctors determine the stage of cancer as part of their diagnosis. To confirm the stage of breast cancer, they assess a number of different factors, including tumor size.
Doctors use a range of tests and examinations to evaluate the specific characteristics of a person’s breast cancer. They use this information to assign values to the TNM staging system, where:
T is the size of the main, or primary, tumor
N is whether cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes
M is whether the cancer is metastatic, which means that it has spread to distant parts of the body
The overall stages of cancer range from 0 to 4. Stage 0 means that breast cancer is at a very early stage and has not yet spread. Stage 4 is late-stage breast cancer, in which the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Every person’s breast cancer is different, but its stage provides a general indication of a person’s treatment options and outlook.
People with early-stage breast cancer are likely to have smaller tumors that are easier for doctors to treat. Larger tumors tend to indicate later-stage breast cancer, which may be more difficult to treat.