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    Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage Information for Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma

    Table 1. Primary Tumor (T)a,b

    a Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Soft tissue sarcoma. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 291-8.
    b Superficial tumor is located exclusively above the superficial fascia without invasion of the fascia; deep tumor is located either exclusively beneath the superficial fascia, superficial to the fascia with invasion of or through the fascia, or both superficial yet beneath the fascia.
    TX Primary tumor cannot be assessed.
    T0 No evidence of primary tumor.
    T1 Tumor ≤5 cm in greatest dimension. (Size should be regarded as a continuous variable, and the measurement should be provided.)
    T1a Superficial tumor.b
    T1b Deep tumor.b
    T2 Tumor >5 cm in greatest dimension.b
    T2a Superficial tumor.b
    T2b Deep tumor.

    Table 2. Regional Lymph Nodes (N)a

    a Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Soft tissue sarcoma. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 291-8.
    b Presence of positive nodes (N1) in M0 tumors is considered Stage III.
    NX Regional lymph nodes cannot be assessed.
    N0 No regional lymph node metastasis.
    N1b Regional lymph node metastasis.

    Table 3. Distant Metastasis (M)a

    a Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Soft tissue sarcoma. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 291-8.
    M0 No distant metastasis.
    M1 Distant metastasis.

    Table 4. Anatomic Stage/Prognostic Groupsa

    a Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Soft tissue sarcoma. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 291-8.
    Stage IA T1a N0 M0 G1, GX
    T1b N0 M0 G1, GX
    Stage IB T2a N0 M0 G1, GX
    T2b N0 M0 G1, GX
    Stage IIA T1a N0 M0 G2, G3
    T1b N0 M0 G2, G3
    Stage IIB T2a N0 M0 G2
    T2b N0 M0 G2
    Stage III T2a, T2b N0 M0 G3
    Any T N1 M0 Any G
    Stage IV Any T Any N M1 Any G
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