Cancer Stages With Staging Chart
What are Cancer Stages?
Cancer stages are the different levels of your disease based on how advanced it is.Certain factors are taken into consideration when determining cancer stages which will be explained further.
During your search to learn all you can about your cancer you should take the time or insist that your doctor explain in simple terms all he can about your cancer.
Cancer comes in stages and all types of cancer are different in each stage. It is important that you know which stage you are at in order to get the proper treatment. Here is what you should do:
-Make a list of all you need to know to determine your prognosis.
One of the items on the list should include what stage your cancer is at, how aggressive it is and your chances of recovery.
There are certain details you should be aware of about staging or cancer stages. Staging is the process performed to determine the different cancer stages. The doctors will do a staging to evaluate:-
- How big the cancer is
- Where the cancer has spread to
- Any medical problems being caused by the cancer.
Staging is done by:-
- Using your history (from the diagnosis to this point)
- Physical exams
- Other tests, if needed, such as scans, blood tests and X-Rays
- In some cases, biopsies or surgery.
Cancer stages or staging is calculated using numbers with the highest number being the most advanced stage. It is important to note that for every cancer type the stages differ in terms of reference. For example a stage 2 for a carcinoma might be different for a stage 2 lymphoma.
Staging is important to know your prognosis, your treatment options and to evaluate your response to the therapy that you will receive.
The most popular system used to determine staging is called TNM. Meaning - T (tumor), N (lymph nodes) and M (metastasis).
See the chart for General staging info.
As I mentioned above each type of cancer will give you a different reference for each cancer stage. You cannot determine your cancer stage by reading an article. This is determined only by tests and exams. A stage 2 breast cancer may differ from a stage 2 lung cancer. Cancer stages range from 0 - 4 with variations in between.
Main source of information: Diagnosis Cancer by Wendy Schlessel Harpham M.D
Here is a staging chart for Breast Cancer:-
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