III bladder cancer

Definition of stage III bladder cancer

stage III bladder cancer

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Stage III is divided into stages IIIA and IIIB. In stage IIIA, cancer has spread from the bladder to (1) the layer of fat surrounding the bladder and may have spread to the reproductive organs (prostate, seminal vesicles, uterus, or vagina), and cancer has not spread to lymph nodes; or (2) one lymph node in the pelvis that is not near the common iliac arteries (major arteries in the pelvis). In stage IIIB, cancer has spread from the bladder to more than one lymph node in the pelvis that is not near the common iliac arteries or to at least one lymph node that is near the common iliac arteries.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms