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Stage Information for Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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.
NXRegional lymph nodes cannot be assessed.
N0No regional lymph node metastasis.
N1bRegional 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.
M0No distant metastasis.
M1Distant 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 IAT1aN0M0G1, GX
T1bN0M0G1, GX
Stage IBT2aN0M0G1, GX
T2bN0M0G1, GX
Stage IIAT1aN0M0G2, G3
T1bN0M0G2, G3
Stage IIBT2aN0M0G2
T2bN0M0G2
Stage IIIT2a, T2bN0M0G3
Any TN1M0Any G
Stage IVAny TAny NM1Any G

Neurovascular and bone invasion are indicators of poor prognosis, but they are not incorporated into the formal staging system.

References:

  1. Fong Y, Coit DG, Woodruff JM, et al.: Lymph node metastasis from soft tissue sarcoma in adults. Analysis of data from a prospective database of 1772 sarcoma patients. Ann Surg 217 (1): 72-7, 1993.
  2. Mazeron JJ, Suit HD: Lymph nodes as sites of metastases from sarcomas of soft tissue. Cancer 60 (8): 1800-8, 1987.
  3. 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 291-6.

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