Grades Of Cancer
Cancer grade and treatments
Cancer grade refers to the description of cancer cells based on their appearance and behavior when viewed under a microscope. It is an important factor in determining the aggressiveness of the cancer and can help guide treatment decisions. The grade is typically assigned by a pathologist and is based on the characteristics of the cancer cells, such as their size, shape, and degree of abnormality.
Your treatment team looks at:
- the grade and stage of the tumor
- your age
- your general health
This helps them assess the possible cancer outcome and decide on the appropriate treatment.
A lower-grade tumour appears to have a stronger outlook. More cancer of a higher grade will grow and spread faster. Typically it requires care that is quicker or more complex.
The grade is very significant for some types of cancer in treatment planning and the potential outcome. Among these are:
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Primary brain tumours
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer