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What does it mean for bladder cancer to be anaplastic?

What does it mean for bladder cancer to be anaplastic?

See explanation: Anaplastic is a descriptive term for the microscopic appearance of the tumor which may also be labelled "poorly differentiated". This typically translates to more aggressive behavior in the general sense. It means that the tumor cells look very unlike normal bladder cells and the more that is true, the more aggressive the tumor may behave. This holds true for most types of cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

No: There are plenty of benign bumps as well. Your physician can examine and perhaps biposy it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Triple negative?: I'm betting that this is a report on a breast cancer that lacks each of three markers for treatability by particular interventions. If this is not correct, please write back and direct your question to our oncologists. ...Read more

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What does the term vin mean when referring to cancer?

What does the term vin mean when referring to cancer?

VIN: Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (vin) is dysplasia of the vulva. The grades, assigned by the pathologist when microscopically examining vulvar biopsy specimens, are vin 1 (mild squamous dysplasia), vin 2 (moderate squamous dysplasia), and vin 3 (severe squamous dysplasia). Vin 2 and 3 have the highest risk of progression to invasive squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated. ...Read more

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If a lesion turn out to be malignancy does this mean cancer?

Yes: By definition. Remember that there are hundreds of relatively common kinds of cancer, and that some are much more aggressive than others. ...Read more

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If someone is prescribed glivec, does this mean they have cancer?

If someone is prescribed glivec, does this mean they have cancer?

Usually - yes.: Gleevac is used for the treatment of various cancers, including Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), some cases of Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), or rare cancers like mastocytosis. Other 'pre-cancer' diseases (some myelodysplastic syndromes) and non-cancerous hyper eosinophilia syndrome can be treated with Gleevac. ...Read more

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What do cancer survival rates mean if youre told 5 years, for example?

Clinical trials for: Many cancers use the 5 yr survival for a benchmark. As with most statistics from trials, they report on a group rather than individuals. 5 yr is no t a good endpoint for prostate: it needs 10 & 15 year data, but 5 yrs is often used with lung, breat and colorectal. These cancers comprise 80% of cancer. ...Read more

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My smear said borderline changes what does this mean? Will i get cancer

My smear said borderline changes what does this mean? Will i get cancer

Nonspecific: Borderline can mean not enough tissue to evaluate, abnormal cells. Will most likely need a repeat exam sooner than a yearly exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Anaplastic (Definition)

This largely relates to cancer cells and is a description of how variant the structure and division pattern is from normal cells. An anaplastic cells has weird internal componens, sometimes extra nuclei, and a bizarre pattern of division. They are usually more rapidly dividing and are a serious type of abnormality ...Read more