• Part Four of my question

    Asked by bigjan on Monday, January 21, 2013

    Part Four of my question

    What does stage IV mean.

    Thank you for allowing me to ask like this, it will help me sort through the mountain of info I have been reading.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Stage IV means the cancer has metastized further afield. I am stage IV with uterine cancer. In addition to the uterus, cancer was found in the omentum, which is the fight layer that sits over the abdomenal organs. Because it went out of the pelvis & into the abdomen, it's considered IV. Now, it could have gone to lungs or bones. Uterine has weird other categories -- IV A means it's spread "south" -- bowels or bladder. IV B means "north" -- upward to lungs, etc. I'm considered IV B. I hope that info is helpful. Don't get too caught up in the stage. There are lots of people out on the board who have a III or IV but are still thriving 10 + years later. And my own sounds a lot worse than it is, since my mets hit something that could be removed and I wouldn't miss it. Good luck in your journey. I'm sure someone w/thryoid experience will pop in and either confirm or correct if thyroid stages out differently.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Bukeye has given you great answers. I would like to add that you can have stage 4 without having state 2 or 3. I have stage 4 kidney and breast cancer - both are on my liver as small lesions. No other area of body, including the primary sites are effect. I had stage 1 kidney cancer in 1995 and received my current diagnosis in 2009, In 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 1 triple negative invasive ductal cell breast cancer and in May of last year a breast cancer lesion was found on my liver when I had my follow up scans.

      almost 4 years ago

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