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To determine how far the cancer may have spread, your care team uses a process of analysis known as staging. The stage of your cancer impacts your treatment and the prognosis for recovery. A number of different staging systems can be used to classify tumors.

The TNM staging system assesses tumors in three ways:
  1. size of the primary tumor (T)
  2. whether it has spread to lymph nodes (N)
  3. whether it has spread or metastasized to other organs (M)
Once the T, N, and M are determined, a number of I, II, III, or IV is assigned, with stage I being early stage and IV being advanced.

In general, the lower the number, the less the cancer has spread. A higher number, such as stage IV, denotes a more serious case.

Your doctor will review your test results and tell you the stage of your cancer.


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