If you've been diagnosed with bowel cancer, knowing the stage of the cancer will help your treatment team give the best treatment options for you.

What is bowel cancer staging?

Based on your test results, the treatment team will give the cancer a stage between 1 and 4.

Bowel cancer staging tells you the cancer's size and if it has spread to other parts of your body.

The treatment you will be offered for lung cancer will be based on the stage of the cancer, as well as your general health. 

Stage What it means
Stage 1 Cancer is in the inner lining of the bowel
Stage 2 Cancer has spread to the outer layers of the bowel wall
Stage 3 Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes
Stage 4 Cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver or lungs



After a diagnosis

If your test results show cancer, this can be a difficult time, and feelings can change from one moment to the next. 

Everyone reacts differently when they learn they have cancer. There is no right or wrong way to feel. 

Talk about your treatment options with your doctor, family and friends. Ask for as much information as you need. It is up to you how involved you want to be in decisions about your treatment. 

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Prognosis for bowel cancer

The prognosis is the likely outcome of a disease. 

If the test results show bowel cancer, you may wish to speak with your treatment team about the prognosis.

The doctors will look at the type and stage of the cancer as well as your age and general health to give a prognosis, but no doctor can predict the exact outcome for you. 

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Last updated: July 2, 2021