NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,352 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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stage IV nonmelanoma skin cancer on the head and neck (not on the eyelid)
(… non-MEH-luh-NOH-muh skin KAN-ser ...)
One of the following is found: (1) the tumor is any size and may have spread to the bone and the bone has little damage, or to tissue covering the nerves below the dermis, or below the subcutaneous tissue. Cancer has spread to the lymph nodes as follows: (a) one lymph node on the same side of the body as the tumor, the affected node is 3 centimeters or smaller, and cancer has spread outside the lymph node; or (b) one lymph node on the same side of the body as the tumor, the affected node is larger than 3 centimeters but not larger than 6 centimeters, and cancer has not spread outside the lymph node; or (c) more than one lymph node on the same side of the body as the tumor, the affected nodes are 6 centimeters or smaller, and cancer has not spread outside the lymph nodes; or (d) one or more lymph nodes on the opposite side of the body as the tumor or on both sides of the body, the affected nodes are 6 centimeters or smaller, and cancer has not spread outside the lymph nodes; OR (2) the tumor is any size and cancer may have spread to tissue covering the nerves below the dermis, or below the subcutaneous tissue, or to bone marrow or to bone, including the bottom of the skull, and one of the following is found: (a) cancer has spread to one lymph node that is larger than 6 centimeters and cancer has not spread outside the lymph node; or (b) cancer has spread to one lymph node on the same side of the body as the tumor, the affected node is larger than 3 centimeters, and cancer has spread outside the lymph node; or (c) cancer has spread to one lymph node on the opposite side of the body as the tumor, the affected node is any size, and cancer has spread outside the lymph node; or (d) cancer has spread to more than one lymph node on one or both sides of the body and cancer has spread outside the lymph nodes; OR (3) the tumor is any size and cancer has spread to bone marrow or to bone, including the bottom of the skull, and the bone has been damaged. Cancer may have also spread to the lymph nodes; OR (4) cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the lung.