What is stage 3 ovarian cancer?

The stage 3 of ovarian cancer is known as the stage in which the cancer has spread outside the pelvis and into the abdominal cavity. It is also said that in stage 3 ovarian cancer, cancer is found in the lymph nodes of the groin, upper abdomen and behind the womb.

Stage IIIA-1

At this stage, the cancer grown into one or both ovaries and has also microscopic growth or spread into the organs that are close to the pelvis or it has also spread into the retroperitoneal lymph nodes only.

Stage IIIA-2

The cancer is seen to be present in one or both ovaries and has also spread or grown into the organs outside the pelvis. Also, at this stage, the cancer in the abdomen is not visible to the naked eye but tiny deposits can be found in the outer lining of the abdominal tissue when seen under a microscope. The cancer may or may not have spread to the retroperitoneal lymph nodes but has not spread to distant sites.

Stage IIIB

The cancer is seen to be present in one or both ovaries and has also spread or grown into the organs outside the pelvis. The cancer is visible to the naked eye at this stage but is not bigger than 2 cm. The cancer also might or might not have spread to the retroperitoneal lymph nodes but has not spread to the inside of the liver or spleen or distant sites.

Stage IIIC

The cancer is seen to be present in one or both ovaries and has also spread or grown into the organs outside the pelvis. The cancer is visible to the naked eye at this stage and the deposits are bigger than 2 cm and may also be present on the outside of the liver or spleen.

The cancer may or may not have spread to the retroperitoneal lymph nodes but it has not spread to the inside of the liver or spleen or to distant sites.

See more on stages of ovarian cancer.


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