What does staging mean?
Colorectal cancer is diagnosed as either stage 0, stage I, stage II, stage III, or stage IV. The higher the number, the more the cancer has spread. Cancer can spread to other areas in the body through nearby tissue, the blood, and the lymph system.
How is colorectal cancer staged?
Doctors use several diagnostic tests to determine the stage of colorectal cancer, so your staging may not be complete until all of your tests have been performed.
Some of the tests your doctor may order include:
- Biopsy with pathology for tumor and lymph nodes
- Blood work
- Biomarker testing
- Chest X-ray
- CT scan
- PET scan
Newly diagnosed?Answers to frequently asked questions
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