Colon or Rectal Cancer Stage IIIB

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Title: Colon or Rectal Cancer Stage IIIB
Description: Stage IIIB colorectal cancer; drawing shows a cross-section of the colon/rectum and a three-panel inset. Each panel shows the layers of the colon/rectum wall: the mucosa, submucosa, muscle layers, and serosa. Also shown are a blood vessel and lymph nodes. The first panel shows cancer in all layers, in 3 nearby lymph nodes, and in the visceral peritoneum. The second panel shows cancer in all layers and in 5 nearby lymph nodes. The third panel shows cancer in the mucosa, submucosa, and muscle layers and in 7 nearby lymph nodes.

Stage IIIB colorectal cancer. Cancer has spread through the muscle layer of the colon/rectum wall to the serosa or has spread through the serosa to the visceral peritoneum (tissue that lines the organs in the abdomen). Cancer has spread to one to three nearby lymph nodes or to tissue near the lymph nodes; OR cancer has spread to the muscle layer or to the serosa of the colon/rectal wall and to four to six nearby lymph nodes; OR cancer has spread through the mucosa of the colon/rectal wall to the submucosa or to the muscle layer. Cancer has spread to seven or more nearby lymph nodes.
Topics/Categories: Anatomy -- Digestive/Gastrointestinal System
Anatomy -- Lymphatic System
Cancer Types -- Colorectal Cancer
Type: Color, Medical Illustration (JPEG format)
Source: National Cancer Institute
Creator: Terese Winslow (Illustrator)
AV Number: CDR688430
Date Created: May 14, 2018
Date Added: April 15, 2011
Reuse Restrictions: Yes - This image is copyright protected. Any use of this image is subject to prevailing copyright laws. U.S. Government has reuse rights. Please contact the rights holder of this image for permission requests.

Rights holder: Terese Winslow