"She is at the end stage with cancer"

"She is at the last stage of cancer".

I can't be sure if "the end stage with cancer" is idiomatic or not. I would say ".....the stage of cancer" rather than "......the stage with cancer"?

Can both be used?


  • Show us your research, please.
    – Lambie
    Jan 13 at 22:23
  • When I search google for "stage of cancer", it produces "About 35,100,000 results", but when I search google for "stage with cancer", it only produces 23 results. This is why "stage with cancer" does not sound right to me.
    – yunus
    Jan 13 at 22:51
  • stangdon has answered your question. Your problem was the "of".
    – Lambie
    Jan 13 at 23:03

None of them sound very idiomatic to this US English speaker. I would say

She is in the last stages of cancer

(for some reason we often say stages even though I can't explain exactly why it would be plural)


She has end-stage (or final-stage) cancer


I was working with a woman who was dealing with the last stages of cancer...

You have final stage cancer and have just had a heart attack.

On behalf of all end stage cancer patients seeking life through medical breakthroughs...

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