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CHART OF STAGES OF UTERINE CANCER AND A TOLL FREE PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU GET ANSWERS

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This is for all those newly diagnosed and confused who don't really even know what the questions are they should ask. Putting a few key words in google will give you a myriad of sites to visit. Look for .gov sites

cancer.gov

1-800-4-CANCER Nice people will talk to you and try to answer your questions.

This is just for those of you who really need help getting started.

Stages of Endometrial Cancer

Key Points for This SectionAfter endometrial cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the uterus or to other parts of the body.There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.The following stages are used for endometrial cancer:Stage IStage IIStage IIIStage IV

After endometrial cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the uterus or to other parts of the body.The process used to find out whether the cancer has spread within the uterus or to other parts of the body is called staging.
The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment. Certain tests and procedures are used in the staging process.
A hysterectomy (an operation in which the uterus is removed) will usually be done to help find out how far the cancer has spread.

There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.The three ways that cancer spreads in the body are:
Through tissue. Cancer invades the surrounding normal tissue.
Through the lymph system. Cancer invades the lymph system and travels through the lymph vessels to other places in the body.
Through the blood. Cancer invades the veins and capillaries and travels through the blood to other places in the body.When cancer cells break away from the primary (original) tumor and travel through the lymph or blood to other places in the body, another (secondary) tumor may form. This process is called metastasis. The secondary (metastatic) tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the bones, the cancer cells in the bones are actually breast cancer cells. The disease is metastatic breast cancer, not bone cancer.

The following stages are used for endometrial cancer:Stage IIn stage I, cancer is found in the uterus only. Stage I is divided into stages IA, IB, and IC, based on how far the cancer has spread.Stage IA: Cancer is in the endometrium only.Stage IB: Cancer has spread into the inner half of the myometrium (muscle layer of the uterus).Stage IC: Cancer has spread into the outer half of the myometrium.Stage IIIn stage II, cancer has spread from the uterus to the cervix, but has not spread outside the uterus. Stage II is divided into stages IIA and IIB, based on how far the cancer has spread into the cervix.Stage IIA: Cancer has spread to the glands where the cervix and uterus meet.Stage IIB: Cancer has spread into the connective tissue of the cervix.Stage IIIIn stage III, cancer has spread beyond the uterus and cervix, but has not spread beyond the pelvis. Stage III is divided into stages IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC, based on how far the cancer has spread within the pelvis.Stage IIIA: Cancer has spread to one or more of the following:the outermost layer of the uterus; ortissue just beyond the uterus; orthe peritoneum.Stage IIIB: Cancer has spread beyond the uterus and cervix, into the vagina.Stage IIIC: Cancer has spread to lymph nodes near the uterus.Stage IVIn stage IV, cancer has spread beyond the pelvis. Stage IV is divided into stages IVA and IVB, based on how far the cancer has spread.Stage IVA: Cancer has spread to the bladder and/or bowel wall.Stage IVB: Cancer has spread to other parts of the body beyond the pelvis, including lymph nodes in the abdomen and/or groin.

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