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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



stage IV pancreatic cancer  listen  (... PAN-kree-A-tik KAN-ser)

  Cancer may be of any size and has spread to distant organs, such as the liver, lung, and peritoneal cavity (the body cavity that contains most of the organs in the abdomen), and may have also spread to organs and tissues near the pancreas or to lymph nodes.

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Stage IV pancreatic cancer; drawing shows cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. Inset shows cancer spreading through the blood and lymph nodes to the lung, liver, peritoneal cavity, and other parts of the body.