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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Cáncer en estadio temprano

Early-stage cancer (ER-lee stayj KAN-ser)
A term used to describe cancer that is early in its growth, and may not have spread to other parts of the body. What is called early stage may differ between cancer types.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.