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Pheochromocytoma Stages

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Specific Pheochromocytoma Stages

Stages of pheochromocytoma include the following:
  • Localized benign pheochromocytoma
  • Regional pheochromocytoma
  • Metastatic pheochromocytoma
  • Recurrent pheochromocytoma.
Localized Benign Pheochromocytoma
In this stage of pheochromocytoma, the tumor is found in only one area and has not spread to other tissues. Most pheochromocytomas do not spread to other parts of the body and are not cancer.
Regional Pheochromocytoma
This pheochromocytoma stage refers to cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the area or to other tissues around the original tumor. (Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures that are found throughout the body. They produce and store infection-fighting cells.)
Metastatic Pheochromocytoma
Metastatic pheochromocytoma refers to cases in which the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Recurrent Pheochromocytoma
Recurrent pheochromocytoma refers to cases in which the cancer has come back (recurred) after it has been treated. It may come back in the area where it started or in another part of the body.
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