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Pathology report: mixed protoplasmic astocytoma and olichdendroglioma grade 2. does that mean cancer?

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Dr. Riley Alexander
Pathology 11 years experience
Yes: This is a description of a type of brain cancer. You need to talk with a/your neurosurgeon about this in greater detail for the appropriate management.
Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 36 years experience
Yes: Protoplasmic astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma are both malignancies (cancers) arising from the brain tissue. Astrocytomas arise from the astrocytes in the brain and oligodendrogliomas arise from oligodendrocytes. A mixed tumor shows features of both.

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Last updated Oct 7, 2017

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