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From the Cancer Treatment Centers - Cancer Stages

By Paula J. Jimenez Subscribe to RSS | April 26th 2012 | Views:
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The stages of cancer are a description of the degree in which the cancer has extended all over the body. It is usually designated in Roman form (I to IV). The stage of cancer normally takes into consideration the size and volume of the cancer cells or tumors. One more specification is precisely how the tumors have penetrated the organs, how many lymph nodes it has metastasized to and whether or not this has spread to distant organs.

What is the importance of knowing the stage of a cancer patient’s cancer?

The staging of cancer is important to evaluate or anticipate a patient’s survival and to offer them alternative cancer treatments that are mainly essential in the stage of cancer which the patient has. On the other hand, knowing the stage of cancer the patient has does not help to lessen the pain or even lowering the stage of cancer the patient has.

Just how do they consider the staging of a cancer patient?

The legal right and correct staging of cancer is essential due to the fact in this way, the cancer treatment centers and the doctors determines up to what degree the medication goes. Just like any other disease, inappropriate or incorrect staging of cancer may also result in inappropriate treatment and will affect the patient's survival.

The stages of cancer and its specifications

1. Stage 0 (carcinoma in situ) - yes, cancer has stage zero (0); this is the early stage of cancer that is based on the absence of invasion of tumor cells to the surrounding tissues. With this stage, cancer begins to grow and is ready to attack the tissues and cells of the body.

2. Stage I - in this stage, cancer has been formed. This stage is split into two: IA and IB. In IA the tumor is about 2 centimeters or smaller and has not really spread all through. In IB, there are no tumors found in the breast but small clusters of cancer cells can be located in the lymph nodes. It can also be the tumor is about 2 centimeters or smaller and small clusters or cancer cells are located in the lymph nodes.

3. Stage II - the stage II of this cancer is also split into two just like the first stage. Stage IIA has no tumor found, but cancer is found in the axillary lymph nodes. It could also be a tumor at 2 centimeters or smaller that has spread to the axillary nodes or a tumor which is about 2 centimeters but not larger than 5 centimeters and has not spread to the axillary nodes. Stage IIB, the tumor can be larger than 2 centimeters however, not larger than 5 centimeters and has extended into the axillary nodes or it can be larger than 5 centimeters but has not spread into the axillary nodes.

4. Stage III - Stage II has three classifications. IIIA, is classified as no tumors found but cancer cells will probably be found in the axillary nodes that are linked to each other. In IIIB, the cancer has propagated and may have spread in the axillary nodes which may be attached to each other to other structures or the cancer has spread into the lymph nodes. In IIC, the cancer tumors have propagated all over the lymph nodes and may have spread to the axillary nodes too; it can also be in any size.

5. Stage IV - In this stage, the cancer has propagated throughout the other organs of the body, in most cases to the bones, lungs, liver or in the brain.

Doctors have various kinds of information about cancer to figure out its stage. Whatever or however the cancer is staged, it is essential to distinguish it to provide or render primary measures to it. Usually, alternative cancer treatments are suggested by many cancer treatment centers.

Paula J. Jimenez - About Author:
Over the last nine years, New Hope Medical Center has used very effective non invasive Cancer Therapies to thousands of patients. Offering Alternative Medicine for Cancer with a personal approach to each person based on their body makeup, New Hope Medical Center treats Cancer differently, but definitely better.

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