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Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Stages of Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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Stage I

Stage I is divided into stages IA and IB:

  • In stage IA, the tumor is low grade (likely to grow and spread slowly) and 5 centimeters or smaller.
  • In stage IB, the tumor is low grade (likely to grow and spread slowly) and larger than 5 centimeters.

Stage II

Stage II is divided into stage IIA and stage IIB:

  • In stage IIA, the tumor is mid grade (somewhat likely to grow and spread quickly) or high grade (likely to grow and spread quickly) and 5 centimeters or smaller.
  • In stage IIB, the tumor is mid grade (somewhat likely to grow and spread quickly) and larger than 5 centimeters.

Stage III

In stage III, the tumor is either:

  • high grade (likely to grow and spread quickly) and larger than 5 centimeters; or
  • any grade or size, and has spread to nearby lymph nodes.

Stage IV

In stage IV, cancer has spread to distant parts of the body such as the lungs. The tumor is any grade or size, and may have spread to nearby lymph nodes.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: May 28, 2015
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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