stage IV colorectal cancer

Pronunciation: (...KOH-loh-REK-tul KAN-ser)

Stage IV colorectal cancer is divided into stage IVA and stage IVB. In stage IVA, cancer may have spread through the colon and/or rectal wall and may have spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes. Cancer has spread to one organ that is not near the colon and/or rectum, such as the liver, lung, or ovary, or to a distant lymph node. In stage IVB, cancer may have spread through the colon and/or rectal wall and may have spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes. Cancer has spread to more than one organ that is not near the colon and/or rectum or into the lining of the abdominal wall.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Stage IV colon cancer. The cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, lung, liver, abdominal wall, or ovary.

Date last modified: 2011-03-21Colon Cancer TreatmentRectal Cancer TreatmentCáncer de colon: TratamientoCáncer de recto: Tratamiento