Stages, types and grades

Stage means the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. Type means the type of cell it started from. Grade means how abnormal the cells look under a microscope. Knowing this information helps doctors decide about treatment.

Types of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer can start in the head, body or tail of the pancreas. There are different types of cells in the pancreas.

TNM staging and grades

Find out about tumour, node and metastasis (TNM) staging and about grades of pancreatic cancer.

Stage 1

Stage 1 pancreatic cancer can be divided into stage 1A and 1B. Find out what this means.

Stage 2

Stage 2 pancreatic cancer can be divided into stage 2A and 2B. Find out what this means.

Stage 3

Find out what stage 3 pancreatic cancer means.

Stage 4

Find out what stage 4 pancreatic cancer means.

Last reviewed: 
21 Nov 2019
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