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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.
For stomach cancer, the following stages are used:
Stage 0: This stage is very early cancer. At this stage, cancer is found only in the innermost layer of the stomach wall.
Stage I: Stage I is slightly more advanced. There are two possible criteria of this stage:
Stage II: Stage II is slightly more advanced than Stage I. In this stage, three conditions may be found:
Stage III: Stage III is slightly more advanced than Stage II. In this stage, any of the following may be found:
Stage IV: In Stage IV stomach cancer, the cancer has spread to nearby tissues and to lymph nodes further away from the tumor, or it has spread to other parts of the body (metastasis).
Recurrent: Recurrent disease means that the cancer has returned after treatment. It may come back in the stomach, or in another part of the body such as the pancreas, lung, or lymph nodes.
Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS