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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.

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.

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. Use the menu to see other pages.

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.

Melanoma - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a melanoma’s growth or spread. This is called the stage. Use the menu to see other pages.

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.

Parathyroid Cancer - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a cancer’s growth or spread. This is called the stage. Use the menu to see other pages.

Staging is a way of describing where a cancerous tumor is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body.

Multiple Myeloma - Stages

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe myeloma’s growth or spread. This is called the stage. To see other pages, use the menu.

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.

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