Mastocytosis: Stages

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2015

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.

If systemic mastocytosis does become cancerous, the doctor will use diagnostic tests to find out the cancer's stage. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best and can help predict a patient's prognosis, which is the chance of recovery. There are different stage descriptions for different types of cancer.

The next section in this guide is Treatment Options, and it helps explain the different treatments that may be used for mastocytosis. Or, use the menu on the side of your screen to choose another section to continue reading this guide.