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Stages of Uterine Cancer
Cancer Cell Grades: Uterine cancer is classified on a three grade scale, grades that assign the way cancerous cells look under a microscope. Uterine cancer in the first grade has a close to normal appearance and develops at a slow rate, while uterine cancer in the third grade has a cancerous look and has an aggressive rate of development. The second grade is an intermediate stage between the first and third grade.
According to the FIGO Surgical System, uterine cancer is classified in 4 main stages. Each main stage is then divided into two to three substages.
Stage III: In this stage, cancer reached an advanced phase but it is still located only in the pelvis.
Stage IV: In this stage, the cancer spread to adjacent organs like bowel or bladder or even to distant regions.
According to FIGO Clinical Staging System, uterine cancer is classified into the following stages:
Stage 1: In this stage the tumor affected just the uterine body.
Stage 2: In this stage, the tumor affected the cervix area.
Stage 3: In this stage, the tumor spreads to the adjacent pelvic structures.
Stage 4: In this stage, the cancer spreads massively to the entire pelvic cavity or affected distant organs and areas.
Article by Alina Morrow, MS
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