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What do the numbers of bladder cancer stages mean?

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Stage 0: The cancer has only grown into the center of your bladder. It hasn’t spread.

Stage I: It has grown into the lining of your bladder, but not the muscle of your bladder wall.

Stage II: It has grown through the connective tissue in your bladder and into your muscle.

Stage III: It's now in the layer of fatty tissue that surrounds your bladder. It may also be in your prostate, uterus, or vagina.

Stage IV: It has spread into your pelvic or abdominal wall but hasn’t spread to lymph nodes or distant organs. Or it has spread to nearby lymph nodes but hasn’t reached distant organs. Or it's now in your lymph nodes or distant sites like your bones, liver, or lungs.

From: What Are the Stages of Bladder Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder cancer stages.”

Cancer Research UK: “Invasive and advanced bladder cancer stages and grading.”

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder cancer stages.”

Cancer Research UK: “Invasive and advanced bladder cancer stages and grading.”

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

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