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Stage Information for Endometrial Cancer

Definitions: FIGO

The Féderation Internationale de Gynécologie et d’Obstétrique (FIGO) and the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) have designated staging to define endometrial cancer; the FIGO system is most commonly used.[1,2]

Carcinosarcomas should be staged as carcinoma.[2] FIGO stages are further subdivided by the histologic grade of the tumor, for example, stage IC G2.

Table 1. Carcinoma of the Endometriuma
aAdapted from FIGO Committee on Gynecologic Oncology.[1]
bEither G1, G2, or G3 (G = grade).
cEndocervical glandular involvement only should be considered as stage I and no longer as stage II.
dPositive cytology has to be reported separately without changing the stage.
IbTumor confined to the corpus uteri.
IAbNo or less than half myometrial invasion.
IBbInvasion equal to or more than half of the myometrium.
IIbTumor invades cervical stroma but does not extend beyond the uterus.c
IIIbLocal and/or regional spread of the tumor.
IIIAbTumor invades the serosa of the corpus uteri and/or adnexae.d
IIIBbVaginal and/or parametrial involvement.d
IIICbMetastases to pelvic and/or para-aortic lymph nodes.d
IIIC1bPositive pelvic nodes.
IIIC2bPositive para-aortic lymph nodes with or without positive pelvic lymph nodes.
IVbTumor invades bladder and/or bowel mucosa, and/or distant metastases.
IVAbTumor invasion of bladder and/or bowel mucosa.
IVBbDistant metastases, including intra-abdominal metastases and/or inguinal lymph nodes.

Even if it no longer influences staging, retrospective data based on the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program suggest that positive peritoneal cytology is an independent risk factor in patients with early-stage endometrial cancer.[3]


  1. Pecorelli S: Revised FIGO staging for carcinoma of the vulva, cervix, and endometrium. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 105 (2): 103-4, 2009. [PUBMED Abstract]
  2. Corpus uteri. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 403-18.
  3. Garg G, Gao F, Wright JD, et al.: Positive peritoneal cytology is an independent risk-factor in early stage endometrial cancer. Gynecol Oncol 128 (1): 77-82, 2013. [PUBMED Abstract]
  • Updated: February 6, 2015