During the treatment of any type of cancer staging is referred to as the means of classifying cancer by the location and size of the cancer cells. Whether it’s a lung, breast, colon, skin or mouth cancer the stages varies from stage 1 which is the least advanced stage to stage 4 which is known as the most advanced or the last stage of cancer. Knowing the stages of a cancer helps the doctor or the physician to decide the best treatment plan that will exactly match your requirements.
When a particular type of cancer is diagnosed at stage 4 then many people worry about where to land up for an affective treatment option. But with all the modern medical science advancements treating a cancer at stage 4 is not at all a big task today.
Information about the stage 4 cancer
It’s a known fact that as the cancer advances to higher stages it becomes more complicated and pain giving. In the beginning three stages of any type of cancer the cancer remains small and confined to a particular area without spreading in the lymph nodes and other organs of the body.
But as these three stages are crossed and the cancer advances to the fourth stage it gradually increases in size and starts invading the lymph nodes as well the other organs of the body. When the cancer reaches the fourth stage it becomes difficult to treat it and in some cases if not taken proper care can lead to death of the person. Following are a brief description of the stage 4 of few very prominent type of cancers:
- In the stage 4 of the breast cancer the tumor can be of any size and shape. The lymph nodes and the armpit in most of the cases become badly affected and the cancer starts spreading to lymph nodes and distant organs such as lungs, livers or bones.
- Here the cancer spreads to another lobe of the lung from where it started or to any other distant part of the body like livers or the bones.
- This stage of liver cancer is further subdivided into two stages namely A & B. In the stage 4(A) the cancer spreads to lymph nodes and other nearby organs of the body like one or more lobe of the liver, the main blood vessel etc. In the stage 4(B) the cancer increases to any size and shape and spreads to the lymph nodes that are far away for the liver.
- The cancer has spread to body organs such as liver or lungs but if the cancer is confined to the surface of the liver without penetrating into it then it is considered to be the stage 3.
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Primary Liver Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
In this way from the above given data it can be clearly concluded that stage 4 of any type of cancer is quite fatal and if not diagnosed at proper time then it can lead to serious complications and even death of the person so it is advisable to go for a Master Health Checkup or an executive health chekup once you cross 40 years of age.