Stages

If kidney cancer is diagnosed, the doctor needs to know the stage, or extent, of the disease to plan the best treatment. Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether the cancer has spread, and if so, to what parts of the body.

Stages of Renal Cancer

Stage I is an early stage of kidney cancer. The tumor measures up to 2 3/4 inches (7 centimeters). It is no bigger than a tennis ball. The cancer cells are found only in the kidney.

Stage II is also an early stage of kidney cancer, but the tumor measures more than 2 3/4 inches. The cancer cells are found only in the kidney.

Stage III is one of the following:

The tumor 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.

Stage IV is one of the following:

The tumor extends beyond the fibrous tissue that surrounds the kidney or cancer cells are found in more than one nearby lymph node or the cancer has spread to other places in the body such as the lungs.

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