Nov 05, 2011 - 9:12 am
I've been doing a lot of researching online tonight and although there is mention of stage 3 and 4, there is no mention of stage 5.
I read that there is only stage 3 and stage 4, and stage 3 is when the cancer is contained to the peritoneum. Stage 4 is when it has travelled to somewhere else, including the pelvis or to the lung. I know that I had to be drained of fluid from the lung at the beginning, but I would have expected that one would have a lot more pain than I have ever had, and much more serious side effects. I've only ever had a cough and an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach when it was distended with fluid. I know of course that others experience symptoms much worse than mine, but I would have thought that if the cancer had spread to other organs and created tumors in those other places that that would constitute a much worse scenario than what I've experienced. I would have thought there was a place for stage 5 at least in those cases.
I find it strange that there is only stage 3 and 4, despite the enormous differences in the extent of the spread of our cancer.