If endometrial 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 Endometrial Cancer
-- The cancer is only in the body of the uterus. It is not in the cervix.
-- The cancer has spread from the body of the uterus to the cervix.
-- The cancer has spread outside the uterus, but not outside the pelvis (and not to the bladder or rectum). Lymph nodes in the pelvis may contain cancer cells.
-- The cancer has spread into the bladder or rectum. Or it has spread beyond the pelvis to other body parts.