Renal Cell Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Stages of Renal Cell Cancer
The following stages are used for renal cell cancer:
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In stage I, the tumor is 7 centimeters or smaller and is found only in the kidney.
In stage II, the tumor is larger than 7 centimeters and is found only in the kidney.
In stage III:
- the tumor is any size and cancer is found only in the kidney and in 1 or more nearby lymph nodes; or
- cancer is found in the main blood vessels of the kidney or in the layer of fatty tissue around the kidney. Cancer may be found in 1 or more nearby lymph nodes.
In stage IV, cancer has spread:
- beyond the layer of fatty tissue around the kidney and may be found in the adrenal gland above the kidney with cancer, or in nearby lymph nodes; or
- to other organs, such as the lungs, liver, bones, or brain, and may have spread to lymph nodes.