Once gynecologic cancer has been diagnosed, the next step is staging the cancer. Staging involves determining if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
In the staging process, a gynecologic cancer is assigned a numeral or numeric-letter combination, such as stage I, stage IIC or stage IV – with stage IV representing the most advanced form of cancer. Armed with this information, your provider will be able to better determine the treatment you need and your chances for recovery. If you have gynecologic cancer, you should see a gynecologic oncologist, who is a physician that specializes in treating cancers of the female reproductive system.