Note: The American Joint Committee on Cancer has recently published a new edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, which includes revisions to the staging for this disease. The PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board, which is responsible for maintaining this summary, is currently reviewing the new staging to determine the changes that need to be made in the summary. In addition to updating this Stage Information section, additional changes may need to be made to other parts of this summary to ensure that it is up-to-date. The changes will be made as soon as possible.
Cervical biopsies are mandatory to rule out carcinoma of the cervix. Carcinoma of the vulva should also be ruled out.
Pheochromocytoma diagnosed during pregnancy is extremely rare (0.007% of all pregnancies).[1,2] However, this situation deserves mention because women with hereditary conditions that increase the risk of developing pheochromocytoma are often also of child-bearing age, and the outcome of undiagnosed pheochromocytoma during pregnancy can be catastrophic.
Prenatal diagnosis clearly results in decreased mortality for both mother and neonate. Prior to 1970, a prenatal diagnosis of pheochromocytoma...
Stages are defined by the Federation Internationale de Gynecologie et d'Obstetrique (FIGO) and the American Joint Committee on Cancer's (AJCC) TNM classification. The definitions of the T categories correspond to the stages accepted by the FIGO, and both systems are included for comparison.