Types and Stages

Types and Stages of Abdominal Cancer

The term ‘cancer’ actually refers to a category of diseases that are broadly characterized by abnormal cell growth. There are many types of abdominal cancers, some of which are relatively common and some of which are comparatively rare. Common types of abdominal cancer include:

  • Stomach (gastric) cancer
  • Renal (kidney) cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

Determining the type of cancer affecting a patient is an essential step in care; this information will help doctors develop a care plan for every patient. Cancer is also described in stages, which is a way of measuring how far the disease has progressed.

Two Stages of Cancer

There are two ways of describing the progression of a cancer – the clinical stage and the pathologic stage. For instance, the clinical stage of stomach cancer is the doctor’s best guess regarding the progression of the cancer based on physical exams and tests such as endoscopies, biopsies, and medical imaging such as CT scans. These exams and tests may be conducted as part of the diagnostic process.

The pathologic stage is determined using all the information used to estimate the progression of the cancer in the clinical stage along with any new tissues collected from surgical procedures. Tissue samples can give technicians a very precise idea of the cancer’s progression, which can further inform the way a treatment plan is developed.

Information Is Essential at Every Step

Cancer treatment involves the collection of all kinds of information about a patient’s health, including their medical history and the medical history of close family members. Tests and exams can seem time-consuming but every step is important. Patients can learn more about different kinds of abdominal cancer and about different kinds of treatment with the help of  educational materials.

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The Help You Need

The Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center in Palmer offers patients state-of-the-art treatment solutions with the help of our dedicated team. Call us today at 907-707-1333 to schedule an appointment with our doctors.