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A 26-year-old female asked:

After nephrectomy for clear cell renal cancer , pathology lab gave me slides of cancer.how can they be helpful for me in screening/prognosis?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Just for the record.: After the surgical specimen goes to pathology, the pathologists create slides of the tissue and generate a report summarizing their findings. The cancer type, whether margins were negative, and if lymph node are involved are pathologic findings that impact prognosis. If there is a question or discrepancy, you can seek a second pathologist opinion on these slides or new slides if necessary.
Dr. Jason Sample
General Surgery 24 years experience
Expert review: Having your slides allows you to get slides reviewed by other expert patho, ogist as needed. Second opinions are always helpful.
Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
Screening/prognosis: Having your slides with you are always helpful. You are young, and rcc is rare in young people except those with familial predispositions, such as von hippel lindau, polycystic kidney disease or tuberous sclerosis. In terms of screening, your slides can be used by pathologists to compare your prior tumor to anything new that arises or assess the grade of your tumor to prognosticate behavior.

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