To plan the best treatment for cancer, the doctor needs to know the extent (stage) of your disease. For most cancers (such as breast, lung, prostate, or colon cancer), the stage is based on the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body. The doctor may order x-rays, lab tests, and other tests or procedures to learn the extent of the disease.
Brain cancer has four stages; stage one is less severe while stage 4 is life threatening.read more
The stage of a cancer tells the doctor how far it has spread. This is important because treatment is often decided according to the stage of a cancer.read more