Stages


Diagnosed With Uterine Cancer? Find Out If Your Doctor is Keeping You Informed

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, it can take the breath out of you, leaving you confused and dazed. While there is an adjustment period as you come to grips with the disease, most likely you will feel frustrated and overwhelmed with information from your doctors and nurses.

All cancers have stages and uterine cancer is no different. Once the tests and biopsies are completed, you or your loved will be informed about your current stage of uterine cancer. The stages of uterine cancer determine the extent of the disease and how to treat it best. The proper course of treatment will depend on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.

The stages of uterine cancer are listed as Stage l through Stage IV and Recurrent.

Stage I

The cancer is found only in the uterus. The staging helps to determine if the cancer has spread and how far.

Stage II

The cancer has now spread to the cervix, but is still contained within the uterus. Stage II of course, is a little more serious than stage I. The main objective is to find out how far within the cervix the cancer has spread.

Stage III

The cancer has not breached the uterus and cervix. While this may be considered more involved, it has not progressed beyond the pelvic region.

Stage IV

Stage IV cancer starts spreading and becoming invasive beyond the pelvic region. This is where cancer cells can easily break away, travel to another location, and metastasize.

Recurrent Uterine Cancer

This is cancer that has recurred after treatment is completed. When it does reoccur, there are a number of places it can come back. It can reoccur in the lymph nodes of the abdomen, the pelvis, or other areas of the body. All it takes is for one cancer cell to break away and travel to another part of the body.

Treatment is determined by the stages of uterine cancer. It is important to take an active role in this battle with uterine cancer. With a good support team in place, which consists of family and friends, they can help prepare nutritious meals and help with light housekeeping and tending to errands, which will make it easier on the patient during trying times.