Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stages
Staging refers to the way doctors classify lymphoma based on where it is in the body. The stage is an important factor in treatment decisions and prognosis. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are considered to be at one of these stages.
- Stage I: The lymphoma is in only one lymph-node area or one organ.
- Stage II: The lymphoma is in two or three lymph-node areas near each other, such as all in the neck and chest.
- Stage III: The lymphoma is in several lymph-node areas in the neck, chest, and abdomen.
- Stage IV: The lymphoma is widespread in the lymph nodes and other organs, such as the bone marrow, lungs, and liver.
Doctors may add a letter after your stage to describe more about your disease. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, doctors use the letter E (such as “stage IIIE”) to mean that your cancer is extranodal (outside your lymph nodes).
Typically lymphomas that are confined to one part of the body (localized) when found are easier to treat than those that have spread to other parts of the body (generalized).