There can be a lot of confusion around bowel cancer staging, I’ve been seeing this a lot lately here on the forum and on social media. I hope this post will help to clarify things.
The confusion seems to come from the fact that cancer staging, and the Tumour scoring (T) are both 1-4 but they don’t mean the same thing.
What Stage your cancer is informs your treatment plan it’s used to generate the survival statistics we see quoted everywhere and it’s how we can look for people going through a similar path to ourselves, for example “I was Stage 4 at diagnosis”.
I hope the table I’ve included here helps to clarify this, because it’s pasted as a picture it comes at the end of the post.
STAGING (1-4) takes the information from the TNM classification:
T (scored 1-4) gives an indication on your primary Tumour;
N (scored 0-2) says if it has spread into your lymph Nodes;
M (scored 0-1) shows whether or not it has spread (Metastasis) to other organs such as you lungs or liver.
I’ve been helping the charity update the Your Pathway booklet and hope this table will be included in it.
Hope this all helps.