|Fallopian Tube Cancer Stages|
NOTE: The only real way to know the proper stage of a fallopian tube tumor is by a careful surgical staging procedure, either when the tumor is removed, or through a separate laparotomy. A gynecologic oncologist is the medical professional with the best training and experience to perform this procedure.
Stage I - Cancer is only in the fallopian tubes.
IA - Cancer is only in the inner lining of one tube.
IB - Cancer is in the inner linings of both tubes.
IC - Cancer has invaded past the inner lining of the tube, or there is ascites with cancer cells in it (or cancer cells are found in peritoneal washings).
Stage II - Cancer has spread inside the pelvis, but not beyond.
IIA - Cancer has spread to the ovary and/or the uterus, but no cancer cells are found in ascites or peritoneal washings.
IIB - Cancer has spread to other parts of the pelvis, but no cancer cells are found in ascites or peritoneal washings.
IIC - Either IIA or IIB, but cancer cells ARE present either in ascites or peritoneal washings.
Stage III - Cancer is found on the surfaces of abdominal organs and/or in nearby lymph nodes.
IIIA - Microscopic (not visible to the eye) cancer cells are found on the surfaces of abdominal organs such as the intestines or liver.
IIIB - Cancer clumps found on organ surfaces, none of which is larger than 2 cm.
IIIC - Cancer clumps larger than 2 cm and/or spread to local lymph nodes.
Stage IV - Cancer has spread to more distant locations, such as the inside of the liver.
Understanding Gyn Cancer Staging
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