Grade On Pathology Report

Last Modified: January 24, 2012

Question

What does the grade of cancer mean on a pathology report?

Answer

James Metz, MD, OncoLink Editor In Chief, responds:

The grade of cancer is typically noted on a pathology report. This is related to how closely the tumor looks like a normal cell. The higher the grade, the more ugly the tumor looks. However, this is just a single piece of information, which may be more relevant for certain tumors over others. You should discuss the grade of the tumor with your physician to determine if that is impacting any of the decisions on your care.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Interpreting Test Results transcript.

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