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Abdominal Cancer - Types & Stages

Types and Stages of Abdominal Cancer

Cancers affecting the stomach, liver, pancreas, esophagus, and other abdominal tissues and blood vessels are called abdominal cancers as a general category. Even among the different varieties of cancers within this broad category there are many different specific varieties of the disease that might affect various organs and tissues. Having a specific diagnosis is very important for patients in Phoenix seeking abdominal cancer treatment because the care options available have the potential to vary considerably. For instance, there are certain drugs demonstrated to be highly effective against some forms of cancer affecting particular organs, but not others. Having as much information about your specific diagnosis as possible will help you understand the treatment plan outlined by your cancer care team.

Types of Abdominal Cancer and Cancer Stages

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Renal cell cancer (kidney cancer)
  • Gastric cancer (stomach cancer)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Liver cancer

A cancer’s stage refers to its development. For example, stomach cancers have two different types of stages – clinical stage and pathologic stage. The clinical stage is assessed by the doctor with the help of test and exams, including any imaging and biopsies that have been conducted. These tests are often done as part of the diagnostic process. Pathologic stage assessment is done with the help of tissues removed during surgery in addition to all of the data collected in clinical stage assessment. The pathologic stage information is generally very comprehensive and gives Phoenix cancer center doctors a good idea about the cancer’s activity. This information is used to further refine a patient’s course of treatment.

Information at Every Stage

A cancer diagnosis involves two different pieces of information – the location and/or type of abnormal cell growth and its stage of development. The most common forms of abdominal cancer include:

  • · Colorectal cancer
  • · Renal cell cancer (kidney cancer)
  • · Gastric cancer (stomach cancer)
  • · Pancreatic cancer
  • · Liver cancer

A cancer’s stage refers to its development. For example, stomach cancers have two different types of stages – clinical stage and pathologic stage. The clinical stage is assessed by the doctor with the help of test and exams, including any imaging and biopsies that have been conducted. These tests are often done as part of the diagnostic process. Pathologic stage assessment is done with the help of tissues removed during surgery in addition to all of the data collected in clinical stage assessment. The pathologic stage information is generally very comprehensive and gives Phoenix cancer center doctors a good idea about the cancer’s activity. This information is used to further refine a patient’s course of treatment.

Information at Every Stage

The Phoenix CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center is here to help people discover treatment solutions to many different types of cancer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our team of caring experts.