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Stage 4 cancer pancreatic cancer

Staging means the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. Doctors can use a number system (stages 1 to 4) or the TNM system to stage your cancer. TNM stands for Tumour, Node, Metastases. 

This information is about stage 3 cancer of the pancreas which is part of the number staging system.

Stage 4

In the number staging system, stage 4 means that the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, such as the liver or lungs.

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Your doctor might call this advanced cancer.

In TNM staging, this is the same as Any T, Any N, M1.

Last reviewed: 
18 Aug 2017
  • AJCC Cancer Staging Manual (8th edition)
    American Joint Committee on Cancer
    Springer, 2017

  • TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours (7th edition)
    International Union Against Cancer   
    L.H. Sobin, M.K. Gospodarowicz, Ch. Wittekind
    John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2009

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