NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,812 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

stage III bladder cancer
(... BLA-der KAN-ser)
Cancer has spread from the bladder to the layer of fat surrounding it and may have spread to the reproductive organs (prostate, seminal vesicles, uterus, or vagina).

EnlargeStage III bladder cancer; drawing shows the bladder, ureter, prostate, and urethra. Inset shows cancer in the inner lining of the bladder, the layer of connective tissue, the muscle layers, and the layer of fat around the bladder.

Stage III bladder cancer. Cancer has spread from the bladder to the layer of fat surrounding it. It may also have spread to the prostate and/or seminal vesicles in men or the uterus and/or vagina in women.