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Download Section Three of our pancreatic cancer booklet: Staging pancreatic cancer

  • Staging describes:
    •  the size of the cancer
    • if there is cancer in your lymph nodes
    • if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
  • Pancreatic cancer is given a number from state 1 to stage 4. The lower the number, the less the cancer has spread.

  • Whakamārama ai te whakawāhanga:
    • i te rahi o te matepukupuku
    • mehemea he puku kei roto i ngā tīpona waitinana
    • mehemea kua hōrapa ki wāhi kē o te tinana
  • Hoaturia ai he tau mai i te 1 ki te 4 ki te matepukupuku repetaiaki huka. Mehemea he iti ake te tau, kua iti ake te hōrapa o te matepukupuku.
Section 3 Staging pc

Staging pancreatic cancer

Staging describes:

  • the size of the cancer (T)
  • if there is cancer in your lymph nodes (N)
  • if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body (M)

Your treatment team will use this TNM information to give the cancer stage a number from 1 to 4. In general, the lower the number, the less the cancer has spread. A higher number, such as stage 4, means a more serious cancer.

Stages of pancreatic cancer

  • Stage 1
    The cancer is small and only in the pancreas.
    [early pancreatic cancer]
  • Stage 2
    The cancer can be different sizes. It may have spread to nearby lymph nodes. [early/locally advanced pancreatic cancer]
  • Stage 3
    The cancer can be any size and has usually spread to lymph nodes. It may also be growing into major blood vessels nearby.
    [locally advanced pancreatic cancer]
  • Stage 4
    The cancer can be any size and has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver and lungs.
    [advanced pancreatic cancer]
Last updated: September 22, 2022