Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
In general, gynecologic cancers are divided into stages 0 through IV, depending upon how deep they penetrate the organ in which they started, whether they have invaded nearby tissues or lymph nodes, and whether they have spread to other organs.
Stage 0 is known as carcinoma in situ, which is often not considered true cancer but simply abnormal cells, or very early cancer that is very localized. Later stages have spread deeper into the affected tissues or spread to nearby tissues or organs.
Cervical cancer stages indicate the extent to which the cancer has spread throughout the body.
Ovarian cancers are divided into stages to indicate how advanced the cancer is.
Uterine cancer is divided into stages to indicate how advanced the cancer is.
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