ON THIS PAGE: You will learn that because mastocytosis is not a type of cancer there is no standard staging system. Use the menu to see other pages.
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.
The next section in this guide is Treatment Options. It helps explain the different treatments that may be used for mastocytosis. You may use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.