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Stages, types and grades

The type tells you what type of cell the cancer started in. The grade tells you how much the cancer cells look like normal cells. The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. They all help your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Types and grades

Most mouth and oropharyngeal cancers are squamous cell cancers. But there are less common types. Read about the different types and grades. 

Number stages

There are 4 main stages in this system (stage 1 - 4). Some doctors also use stage 0. 

TNM stages

Find out about tumour, node and metastasis (TNM) staging system and treatment for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
23 Oct 2014

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