Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tumour staging

Before surgery to remove the primary tumor, the staging is only presumptive. The exact degree of spread is often impossible to determine until the pathologist examines the surgical specimen. The actual degree of lymph node involvement is often not known until after surgery. For some cancers, such as breast cancer, surgical procedures are done just to determine whether the nodes are involved.

In order to even begin to start researching your cancer, you need to gather some basic information about your situation. You need:

  • The Medical Name of Your Cancer
  • The Stage of Your Cancer
  • Possibly the Grade of Your Cancer
  • Possibly Other Prognostic Factors

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