Staging is the process of finding out how far cancer has spread within the tissue where it started or to other parts of the body. The treatment that your doctor will recommend for sarcoma will be based, in large part, on the stage of your cancer.
The stage depends on several factors, including:
- The size and location of the tumor or tumors (and for soft tissue sarcomas the depth too)
- The tumor grade
- Whether cancer is found in nearby lymph nodes
- Whether cancer is found in distant organs or tissues
Typically cancer is assigned an overall stage of I, II, III, or IV, with IV being the most advanced. Some stages may be further subdivided into A and B, based on more precise features of the cancer.