A new study has shown survival rates among bowel cancer patients contradict the usual pattern of cancer staging categories.
According to researchers a 'survival paradox' exists in bowel cancer resulting in patients with higher stage disease having better survival rates than those diagnosed with lower stage disease.
Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer is in a person’s body and where it’s located. That information helps the doctor determine the stage of a person’s cancer. For most types of cancer, doctors use staging information to help plan treatment.
While each person’s situation is different, cancers with the same stage tend to have similar outlooks and are frequently treated the same way.