• What do the different stages of cancer mean?

    Asked by grannys on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    What do the different stages of cancer mean?

    I was told I would have a stage at next dr's apt.

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      This has quite a few ways it can be answered. If the cancer it's a really small tumor and is isolated to its spot of origin, you would probably be stage I. If the cancer has spread throughout the body and invaded other organs, you may be stage IV. Check out this link. it provides you with a lot of information!!


      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The specific criteria varies somewhat based on the type of cancer and may have different numbers of stages and substages. Generally, stage 0 is a non-invasive cancer such as DCIS, stage 1 is a very small, isolated, well defined tumor, stage 2 is a larger tumor, still isolated but not necessarily as well defined, stage 3 is metastasis to immediately adjacent areas such as skin, lymph nodes, etc., and stage 4 is metastasis to remote areas and organs.

      over 7 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar

      The only thing I know is what my grandmas oncologist said. She was stage IV because it had metastasized to her lymph nodes...hope that helps.

      over 7 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Staging depends upon the size, type, and spread of cancer. I was staged IIIa because of my tumor's size, aggressiveness, and because it had spread to a certain number of lymph nodes.

      over 7 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      It's important to know the stage and how the stage was determined....it gives you a better idea of the entire picture. Stage III can be two different things to two different people with the same cancer - all depending on where it spread, tumor(s) size(s), etc.

      over 7 years ago

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