Pancreatic Cancer Stages

There are 4 Pancreatic Cancer Stages.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of Pancreatic Cancer Stages means the cancer is completely inside the pancreas and has not spread to the lymph nodes. It is divided into

  • Stage 1A
  • Stage 1B

Stage 1A means the pancreatic cancer is completely inside the pancreas and is smaller than 2 cm. There is no cancer in the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. In TNM staging of Pancreatic Cancer Stages , this is the same as T1, N0, M0.stage 1B means the cancer is completely inside the pancreas but is bigger than 2cm. There is no pancreatic cancer in the lymph nodes or other areas of the body. In TNM staging, this is the same as T2, N0, M0.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is divided into

  • Stage 2A
  • Stage 2B

Stage 2A means the pancreatic cancer has started to grow into nearby tissues around the pancreas. It may be in the duodenum or the bile duct. But there is no cancer in the nearby large blood vessels or lymph nodes. This means that, although the cancer has been growing locally, there is a chance that it may not have spread through the blood or lymph systems. In TNM staging, this is the same as T3, N0, M0.Stage 2B means the cancer can be any size and may have grown into the tissues surrounding the pancreas. Cancer is also found in the nearby lymph nodes, but not the large blood vessels. In TNM staging, this is the same as T1, 2 or 3, N1, M0.

Stage 3

The cancer is growing outside the pancreas, into the nearby large blood vessels. It may or may not have spread into the lymph nodes. It has not spread to other areas of the body. Your doctor may call this locally advanced cancer. In TNM staging, this is the same as T4, Any N, M0.

Stage 4

The cancer has spread to other areas of the body such as the liver or lungs. Your doctor may call this advanced cancer. In TNM staging, this is the same as Any T, Any N, M1.


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