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Stages of Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer staging describes the size of the cancer and how far it has spread from the original site in the body, if it has spread. The stage helps determine treatment options and can identify appropriate clinical trials. Download Infographic PDF Round icon for stages, with a medium blue background and an aqua human figure in the center, outlined in white and with white lines radiating out
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Stages of Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer staging describes the size of the cancer and how far it has spread from the original site in the body, if it has spread. The stage helps determine treatment options and can identify appropriate clinical trials. Round icon for stages, with a medium blue background and an aqua human figure in the center, outlined in white and with white lines radiating out Download Infographic PDF
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Stages of Pancreatic Cancer

Round icon for stages, with a medium blue background and an aqua human figure in the center, outlined in white and with white lines radiating out Cancer staging describes the size of the cancer and how far it has spread from the original site in the body, if it has spread. The stage helps determine treatment options and can identify appropriate clinical trials. Download Infographic PDF
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Illustration of stage I and stage IIa and IIb pancreatic cancer for mobile Illustration of stage IIa, IIb, and stage III pancreatic cancer for mobile Illustration of stages IIb, III, and IV of pancreatic cancer, for mobile Colored illustration of stage III and stage IV pancreatic cancer Download PDF

Staging cancer is a standardized way to classify a tumor based on its size, whether it has spread, and where it has spread. In other words, staging measures the extent of the disease. Knowing the stage of cancer helps doctors determine which treatment options are the best approach.

Illustration of stage I pancreatic cancer

Stage IA
The tumor in the pancreas is 2 cm or smaller and has not spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Stage IB
The tumor in the pancreas is larger than 2 cm and has not spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Illustration of stage IIa pancreatic cancer

Stage IIA
The tumor extends beyond the pancreas but has not spread to nearby lymph nodes, major blood vessels, or other parts of the body.

Illustration of stage IIb pancreatic cancer

Stage IIB
The tumor is any size and is either limited to or extends beyond the pancreas and has spread to lymph nodes but not to major blood vessels or other parts of the body.

Stage I and II cancers that have not spread beyond the pancreas may be resectable, or able to be surgically removed.

Illustration of stage III pancreatic cancer

Stage III
The tumor has spread to nearby blood vessels, may or may not have spread to nearby lymph nodes, but the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Cancer in this stage is considered to be locally advanced.

Illustration of stage IV pancreatic cancer

Stage IV
The cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This is called metastatic cancer.

Staging cancer is a standardized way to classify a tumor based on its size, whether it has spread, and where it has spread. In other words, staging measures the extent of the disease. Knowing the stage of cancer helps doctors determine which treatment options are the best approach.

Illustration of stage I pancreatic cancer for mobile

Stage IA
The tumor in the pancreas is 2 cm or smaller and has not spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Stage IB
The tumor in the pancreas is larger than 2 cm and has not spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Illustration of stage IIa pancreatic cancer for mobile

Stage IIA
The tumor extends beyond the pancreas but has not spread to nearby lymph nodes, major blood vessels, or other parts of the body.

Illustration of stage IIb pancreatic cancer for mobile

Stage IIB
The tumor is any size and is either limited to or extends beyond the pancreas and has spread to lymph nodes but not to major blood vessels or other parts of the body.

Stage I and II cancers that have not spread beyond the pancreas may be resectable, or able to be surgically removed.

Illustration of stage III pancreatic cancer for mobile

Stage III
The tumor has spread to nearby blood vessels, may or may not have spread to nearby lymph nodes, but the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Cancer in this stage is considered to be locally advanced.

Illustration of stage IV pancreatic cancer for mobile

Stage IV
The cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This is called metastatic cancer.

Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be very general and vague. What are important symptoms to look for?

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Managing
Pancreatic Cancer

Educate yourself about pancreatic cancer and learn ways to make your life more comfortable during and after treatment.

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Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be very general and vague. What are important symptoms to look for?

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Managing
Pancreatic Cancer

Educate yourself about pancreatic cancer and learn ways to make your life more comfortable during and after treatment.

Learn More

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