Cancer Stages

The American Cancer Society acknowledges several different types of systems used to stage cancer. They revolve around clinical staging, pathology staging and TNM system. The latter is the most common and useful staging system for most types of cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cancer of any type, you have rights and may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation. Please contact our medical negligence attorneys handling cancer claims such as inaccurate diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, failure to treat cancer and cancer caused by medication and toxic substances.

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) maintain the TNM classification system as a way for doctors to stage many different types of cancer based on certain common standards.

In the TNM system, the overall stage is determined after the cancer is assigned a letter or number to describe the tumor (T), node (N), and metastasis (M) categories.

  • T describes the original (primary) tumor.
  • N tells whether the cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes.
  • M tells whether the cancer has spread (metastasized) to distant parts of the body

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