Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer Colorectal Stage 3

Colon Cancer Stage 3
Stage 3 colon cancer is also called Dukes' C colon cancer.

Stage 3 colon cancer is divided into:

  • Stage 3A: Cancer has spread from the innermost tissue layer of the colon wall to the middle layers and has spread to as many as 3 lymph nodes.
  • Stage 3B: Cancer has spread to as many as 3 nearby lymph nodes and has spread:
    • beyond the middle tissue layers of the colon wall; or
    • to nearby tissues around the colon or rectum; or
    • beyond the colon wall into nearby organs and/or through the peritoneum.
  • Stage 3C: Cancer has spread to 4 or more nearby lymph nodes and has spread:
    • to or beyond the middle tissue layers of the colon wall; or
    • to nearby tissues around the colon or rectum; or
    • to nearby organs and/or through the peritoneum.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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