How are dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) staged?

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Raman K Madan, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The American Joint Committee on Cancer has not developed a staging system for dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). Because of its very low risk of metastasis, DFSP can be viewed as mostly a local disease. The following simple staging system published in “Short German guidelines: dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans” may be helpful in clinical use [14] :

  • Stage I - Primary tumor, localized disease

  • Stage II - Lymph node metastasis

  • Stage III - Distal metastasis


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