• I've noticed people mentioning their stage of cancer. How do you know my clinical results were T2 Mx NX.

    Asked by tibby150 on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    I've noticed people mentioning their stage of cancer. How do you know my clinical results were T2 Mx NX.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. I think T2 refers to the size and extension of the Tumor,
      Mx means they haven't evaluated the Metastasis-- whether it has spread,
      Nx means the lymph Nodes weren't able to be evaluated.
      Here is an information page on TNM classification http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/staging

      Have they told you that your cancer has spread anywhere else but the pancreas? Have you gone for any scans? Have they told you stage 1, 2, 3, 4? Or is that the latest they told you?

      Here is general information on pancreatic cancer staging http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/pancreatic/Patient/page2

      My dad has a stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which means it has metastasized, or spread. He has a tumor in his liver.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I would recommend getting a copy of any radiology reports after you go for scans, and any pathology reports after biopsies. This will give you more detailed information on what's going on with the cancer. These are the reports that the radiologist and pathologist give to your doctor.

      over 3 years ago
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    • Clyde's Avatar

      I asked what my stage was at my first appointment and the onc seemed to be a little reticent to tell me. I think it has to do with the head trip the number can have on some patients at the beginning. We, here in the US anyway, tend to see things in black and white rather than the gray that is the reality of cancer treatment. Ask your onc.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Staging is a generalize grouping defining certain characteristics of different type of cancer. This grouping in part defines the recommended treatment protocols. The pathology results you stated refer to the physical elements of your tumor. T2 means your tumor is limited to the pancreas and more than 2 cm in its greatest dimension. MX and NX means that the pathology report was unable to determine if there is an metastases to other areas or to lymph nodes, respectively, from the tissue sample examined.

      The criteria for staging for pancreatic cancer is as follows:
      Stage 0: No spread. Pancreatic cancer is limited to a single layer of cells in the pancreas. The pancreatic cancer is not visible on imaging tests or even to the naked eye.
      Stage I: Local growth. Pancreatic cancer is limited to the pancreas, but has grown to less than 2 centimeters across (stage IA) or greater than 2 centimeters (stage IB).
      Stage II: Local spread. Pancreatic cancer has grown outside the pancreas, or has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
      Stage III: Wider spread. The tumor has expanded into nearby major blood vessels or nerves but has not metastasized.
      Stage IV: Confirmed spread. Pancreatic cancer has spread to distant organs.

      So based on your pathology report you stage would be 1B, but additional diagnostic testing,such as imaging scans and additional biopsies, would be needed to determine if there is any spread to lymph nodes or other organs, making it a more advanced stage.

      over 3 years ago

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