Laryngeal Cancer Stages
the diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor will determine the stage of the cancer. In general, your physician will
stage the tumor based on its size and degree of the cancer cells to spread within your body. Staging is very
important because it helps determine an appropriate and effective treatment to fight the cancer.
The stage of laryngeal
cancer is often identified by Roman numerals: I, II, III and IV; the higher the stage, the lower your chances to
- Carcinoma in situ stage – the genesis of the cancer in the cells lining the
inside of the larynx. Your surgeon may remove the tumor without causing physiological damage.
- Stage I - the tumor has invaded the tissue of the larynx,
but it has not spread to other tissue.
- Stage II – at stage 2, laryngeal cancer has spread to
surrounding tissue of the larynx.
- Stage III – the cancer has spread beyond the surrounding
tissues of the larynx to nearby reach lymph nodes.
- Stage IV - is this final stage, the tumor has not only
invaded the nearby lymph nodes but also distant sites in the body such as the lungs.