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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


stage IV ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer  listen  (... oh-VAYR-ee-un EH-pih-THEE-lee-ul fuh-LOH-pee-in ... PRY-mayr-ee PAYR-ih-toh-NEE-ul KAN-ser)

  Cancer has spread beyond the abdomen to other parts of the body. Stage IV is divided into stages IVA and IVB. In stage IVA, cancer cells are found in extra fluid that builds up around the lungs. In stage IVB, cancer has spread to organs and tissues outside the abdomen, including lymph nodes in the groin.

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Stage IV ovarian cancer; drawing shows parts of the body where ovarian cancer may spread, including the liver, lung, lymph nodes, and bone. An inset shows a close-up of cancer spreading through the blood and lymph to other parts of the body.