Ask Prof: Cancer Staging

I love this time of the term – the term’s almost done. The toughtest, most challenging parts of Anatomy have been taught and tested, and now it’s “easier” stuff. Students have learned how to study and about themselves. It’s also a great time to assimilate different systems that we’ve gone through. And that has made students ask all sorts of questions – as if I don’t go off on enough tangents during class.

One question from this week was about cancer staging, specifically, “what does stage III cancer mean?” … what is the prognosis, etc.


Cancer staging describes the extent or severity of the cancer, from Stage 0 to Stage IV:

Cancer Stages

Prognosis differs depending on what kind of cancer.



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