gleason score

When a man is suspected of having prostate cancer, the doctor will take a biopsy?removing a small sample of tissue from the prostate gland with a needle for further investigation. A pathologist then studies that tissue sample under a microscope to look at the cells and see whether they have the abnormal appearance of cancer.

Biopsy results for prostate cancers are typically given in the form of a Gleason score. Tissue from different parts of the prostate are assigned a score from 1 to 5, based on how closely they resemble normal tissue. Tissue that looks like normal prostate tissue gets a grade of 1. Cells that look very abnormal have a grade of 5. The numbers from the two sections that make up most of the cancer are then added together to arrive at a Gleason score. The highest possible Gleason score is 10.

Prostate cancers with a Gleason score of 6 are called ?low-grade.? They tend to grow slowly and may be watched without initiating treatment right away. Cancers with a Gleason score of 7 are ?intermediate grade.? They grow at a faster rate than grade 6 cancers. And cancers with a Gleason score of 8 to 10 are ?high grade.? They are very aggressive, growing and spreading throughout the body quickly. These high-grade cancers require the most aggressive treatment.

The Gleason score is important, because it can predict the future course of a man?s cancer, even if it has been caught early before it has spread. Once prostate cancer has been diagnosed, other tests will be performed to determine whether the cancer has spread beyond the prostate. These test results, along with the Gleason score, will be used to stage the cancer. The Gleason score and stage can help the doctor determine the right treatment.

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