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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


clinical staging  listen  (KLIH-nih-kul STAY-jing)

  A method used to find out the stage of cancer (amount or spread of cancer in the body) using tests that are done before surgery. These include physical exams, imaging tests, laboratory tests (such as blood tests), and biopsies.