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Craniopharyngioma - Childhood - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn that because of the nature of craniopharyngioma, doctors do not commonly use stage to describe this tumor.

In cancer, staging is typically how doctors describe the extent of disease in a person’s body. However, craniopharyngioma rarely, if ever, spreads to parts of the body far from where it started. Therefore, there is no standard staging system for this type of tumor.

Islet Cell Tumor - Staging

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a cancerous tumor’s growth or spread. This is called the stage. In addition, you can read about how doctors evaluate and compare cancer cells to health cells, called grading. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Staging is a way of describing where the tumor is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body. Doctors use diagnostic tests to find out the tumor's stage, so staging may not be complete until all the tests are finished.

Mastocytosis - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn that because mastocytosis is not a type of cancer there is no standard staging system. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Staging is a way of describing where a cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body. Because mastocytosis is not a type of cancer, there is no standard staging system.

Thyroid Cancer - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a cancer’s growth or spread. This is called the stage. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Staging is a way of describing where the cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body. Doctors use diagnostic tests to find out the cancer’s stage, so staging may not be complete until all of the tests are finished.

Head and Neck Cancer - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a cancer’s growth or spread. This is called the stage. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Staging is a way of describing where the cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body. Doctors use diagnostic tests to find out the cancer’s stage, so staging may not be complete until all of the tests are finished. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best and can help predict a patient’s prognosis.

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