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Doctor insights on: My Friends Tumer Cell Level Is 22 What Does This Mean

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Could the CEA level show if there are still microscopic cells left behind after the tumor is out?

Could the CEA level show if there are still microscopic cells left behind after the tumor is out?

Yes: Cea, a protein released into the blood, may be produced by certain cancers, but not all and even not all of a specific type, e.g. Not all colon cancers will produce abnormally elevated cea in the serum, but some do. If measured before surgery, and elevated, then the cea may a useful lab test to follow going forward, as a sustained elevation may indicate subtle cancer persistence or recurrence. ...Read more

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What is meant in the pathology report that the stained tumor cells tended to "palisade around the periphery"?

What is meant in the pathology report that the stained tumor cells tended to "palisade around the periphery"?

Description: Of the tumor under the microscope is part of pathology, but light microscopy patterns are being replaced by markers that define the tumor source, and help provide prognostic information. The art of description is fading, for the boring brown of immunohistochemistry. Clear spaces used to be pas+ for glycogen, or mucicarmine+ for fat. Some moderns mix this up. ...Read more

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Tumor cells do not show significant nuclear pleomorphism, Does this mean malignancy or benign?

Tumor cells do not show significant nuclear pleomorphism, Does this mean malignancy or benign?

Low grade: Pleomorphism is a term used in histology and cytopathology to describe variability in the size, shape and staining of cells and/or their nuclei. It is a characteristic of malignant neoplasms, and metaplasia. Certain benign cellS tmay have pleomorphism, e.g. neuroendocrine cells, Newer techniques with mAbs targeting tumor protein can identify transformation even before nuclear pleomorphism seen. ...Read more

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The tumor is composed of glands lined by malignant epithelial cells.The tumor is overlain by ulcerated , acanthotic epid . Please what does this means?

The tumor is composed of glands lined by malignant epithelial cells.The tumor is overlain by ulcerated , acanthotic epid . Please what does this means?

Duscuss with doctor: You have to have a personal discussion with your doctor concerning these findings. If you don't understand, ask questons until you do. If you want a second opinion, request it. ...Read more

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What exactly does grade 1, 2, 3, 4 of the tumor mean in clear cell renal cell carcinoma?

What exactly does grade 1, 2, 3, 4 of the tumor mean in clear cell renal cell carcinoma?

How cells look: Grading refers to how closely the cancer cells resemble normal kidney cells. Cells that are more abnormal (ie higher grade) are associated with a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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Oncology: Since no blood tests or scans can identify a single malignant cell it means that people wait til a mass, tumor or lesion form?

Oncology: Since no blood tests or scans can identify a single malignant cell it means that people wait til a mass, tumor or lesion form?

Yes: In the future star trek generation, we may have a blood test to identify a single malignant cell or identify a gene marker that will tell us that a cancer ca develop but the ethical question is do you start treating things before they become a problem ...Read more

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Moderately diff. sq. cell tongue carcinoma surgically removed + Left level I-IV Lymph nodes also(tumor free in path. report)Radiotherapy Needed stil?

Moderately diff. sq. cell tongue carcinoma surgically removed + Left level I-IV Lymph nodes also(tumor free in path. report)Radiotherapy Needed stil?

Multidisciplinary : Make sure tour case is being discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting that includes the surgeon, along with medical and radiation oncologists, and radiologists. This is something usually referred to as a tumor board, and is present at many hospitals. Also look on the American Cancer Society website for more information about stage related treatment options. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can tumor cells that have metastasized to the kidney bones form the prostate increase psa levels ?

Can tumor cells that have metastasized to the kidney bones form the prostate increase psa levels ?

See answer: Prostate cancer is typically associated with elevated psa levels, especially if the cancer has spread elsewhere. The question is a bit unclear, but prostate cancer cells whether they are in bone, lung or lymph nodes, will usually produce a detectable psa. Kidney per se is an unusual site of spread, but perhaps you meant the spine or ribs near the kidneys when you wrote "kidney bones". ...Read more

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