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Stages of Pancreatic Cancer
Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad
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Pancreatic Cancer is divided into 5 Stages ranging from Stage 0 to Stage IV. The Stage 0 Cancer is present only in the superficial part of the pancreas and Stage IV Cancer is present in the pancreas and has spread to lungs, liver or bones.

Pancreatic cancer has 4 stages starting from Stage 0 to Stage 4. Stage 0 is the lowest and the beginning state in which cancer starts in the inner lining of the pancreas. While stage 4 is the highest stage in which cancer cells spread to the other organs and blood vessels.

Stage 0 - In this stage, the pancreatic cancer has not spread into the deeper layers and is present only in the superficial layers. At this stage, the cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes or distant sites.

Stage I - Here, the cancer is present only in the pancreas upto 4 cm size.Also, it has not spread to the nearby lymph nodes or distant sites.

Stage II - During this stage, the size of the tumor is over 4 cm and it is limited to the pancreas. It is also possible that cancer grows out of the pancreas or spreads to nearby lymph nodes. Still, it has not spread to the nearby or distant sites.

Stage III - The tumor spreads to nearby major blood vessels and nerves but still it has not metastasized the distant organs and tissues.

Stage IV - The cancer has spreads to other parts of the body like lungs, liver or bones. The size of the tumor can vary and the cancer can or cannot spread to any of the lymph nodes in the body.


Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad

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Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad is a reputed and exceptional Gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary (GI & HPB) cancer surgeon. Dr. Gaikwad specializes in Advanced Minimal Access Surgery and HIPEC. He also has expertise in Pancreatic and Liver Cancer Surgery, Laparoscopic Colorectal and Upper GI Cancer Surgery and Neuroendocrine Tumours, to list a few. He has undergone specialized training in Advanced Minimally Invasive Upper GI Surgery, IRCAD at Taiwan and has also gone through a dedicated Certified 2 year fellowship in GI and HPB Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Over the years he has successfully handled numerous complex cancer surgery cases.
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