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What does stage 5 cancer mean? 

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Last Update July 31, 2023

Understanding Cancer Stages

Cancer staging describes how far a cancer has spread. It helps determine treatment options and prognosis.

Overview of Staging

Staging often occurs after diagnosis. Most systems classify cancer into stages 0 through 4. Some key points:

  • Stage 0 means the cancer is confined to its original location. This is also known as carcinoma in situ (cis) or tumor in situ (tis). 
  • Stages 1 and 2 are usually confined to the organ of origin too.
  • Stage 3 is often locally advanced and may involve regional lymph nodes. 
  • Stage 4 is metastatic disease which has spread to other organs in the body for example breast cancer which has spread to the bones.
  • There is no official stage 5 for most cancers, but a rare childhood tumor of kidneys known as Nephroblastoma is an exception and has a stage 5 (when the tumor is found in bothering kidneys).

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