There are 4 stages of cancer.
As cancer progresses in a patient to a higher and more
and more intensive level, the stage is said to move
from the lower to the higher one. Often doctors write
the stage down in roman numerals. So you may see stage
4 written down as stage IV.
Here is a brief summary of what the stages mean:
- " Stage I usually means cancer
is relatively new, has not progressed much, is small
and contained within the organ it started in. Most
cancers can be cured if detected early and cancer
contained within this stage.
- " Stage II usually means that
the cancer has progressed to a higher level, but is
localised, the tumour is larger than in Stage I and
the cancer is more intensive. Sometimes Stage II means
there are nearby lymph nodes that have cancer cells
in them. Cancer detection at this stage still provides
a lot of hope for containment through modern medicine.
- " Stage III usually means the
cancer has progressed quite a lot, the tumours are
much larger and there are cancer cells in the lymph
nodes in the area Stage III indicates quite an advanced
stage of cancer.
- " Stage IV means that the cancer
is highly advanced has spread from where it started
to one or more other body organs, such as the liver,
bones, lungs or brain, etc. This stage indicates,
according to cancer specialists that the patient has
possibly reached an irreversible stage. From now on,
they say, patients can most often only is supported
with palliative care. Modern medicine can hardly help
at this stage.
It may be noted that yoga therapy combined
with proper nutrition is useful at all stages. Yoga
is particularly valuable for advanced stage cases. Patients
benefit a lot with some of the alternative therapies
like homeopathy and Ayurveda when they are introduced