Cervical Cancer Stage III. Definition

Medical Definition: Cervical Cancer Stage III

The cancer has spread to the lower third of the vagina and may have spread to the pelvic wall (the tissues that line the part of the body between the hips) and to nearby lymph nodes. Stage III is divided into stages IIIA and IIIB, depending on the distance to which the cancer has spread. In stage IIIA, cancer has spread to the lower third of the vagina, but not to the pelvic wall. In stage IIIB, cancer has spread to the pelvic wall or the tumor has become large enough to block the ureters (the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder). This blockage can cause the kidneys to enlarge or stop working. Cancer may also have spread to lymph nodes in the pelvis.

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