If you have been diagnosed with lymphoma, the next step will be to figure out if it has spread, and if so, how far. Your doctor will do this through a process called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease, which assists your doctor in understanding the seriousness of your cancer, providing an optimal treatment plan, identifying potential clinical trials for viable treatment options, and even providing chances of survival (prognosis).
Staging may involve one or more of the following tests:
Over the years, there have been many different systems used for staging lymphomas. The current staging system, however, is known as the Lugano classification, which is based on the older Ann Arbor system. The stages are described by Roman numerals I through IV (1-4).
The stages of lymphoma are as follows:
In addition to these stage numbers, your doctor may also describe the stage as A or B:
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, we understand that a lymphoma diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming, which is why our expert oncologists are committed to providing you peace of mind by offering the most advanced treatments for all types of cancers of the blood, including lymphomas. Please find the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers location that is most convenient for you and call to request an appointment.