The size of tumor might be one of important things for planning the best treatment of kidney cancer. The doctor calls this tumor’s staging, it is based on the size whether the cancer has spread and to what parts of the body (kidney cancer metastatic).
1. Stage I (early stage). It has up to 2 3/4 inches on its size. The cancer cells are found only in the kidney.
2. Stage II is much more the same as the first stage except for the size. it has more than 2 3/4 inches and the cancer cells also can be found only in the kidney.
3. Stage III has one of herein condition: it does not extend beyond the kidney, but cancer cells have spread through the lymphatic system to one nearby lymph node OR the tumor has invaded the adrenal gland or the layers of fat and fibrous tissue that surround the kidney, but cancer cells have not spread beyond the fibrous tissue cancer cells may be found in one nearby lymph node; OR the cancer cells have spread from the kidney to a nearby large blood vessel, cancer cells may be found in one nearby lymph node.
4. Stage IV is one of the following: it extends beyond the fibrous tissue that surrounds the kidney OR cancer cells are found in more than one nearby lymph node OR has spread to other places in other part of body.