Tumor Grade (cont.)

Does tumor grade affect a patient's treatment options?

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Doctors use tumor grade and many other factors, such as cancer stage, to develop an individual treatment plan for the patient and to predict the patient's prognosis. Generally, a lower grade indicates a better prognosis (the likely outcome or course of a disease; the chance of recovery or recurrence). However, the importance of tumor grade in planning treatment and estimating a patient's prognosis is greater for certain types of cancers, such as soft tissue sarcoma, primary brain tumors, lymphomas, and breast and prostate cancer. Patients should speak with their doctor about tumor grade and how it relates to their diagnosis and treatment.

Selected References

1. American Joint Committee on Cancer. AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 6th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2002.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery


SOURCE: cancer.gov. Tumor Grade: Questions and Answers.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/9/2014

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