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Can a biopsy show how aggressive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is?
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In brief: Yes
The borders, the extent of invasion, the depth of invasion, if there is perineural (around nerves), intravascular (within vessels), mitoses (number of division bodies), and if there is necrosis (cell death): these are all measures of how agressive a cancer is.

In brief: Yes
The borders, the extent of invasion, the depth of invasion, if there is perineural (around nerves), intravascular (within vessels), mitoses (number of division bodies), and if there is necrosis (cell death): these are all measures of how agressive a cancer is.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes it can.

In brief: Yes
Yes it can.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: Excision BETTER
A complete excision (cut out) will provide the precise pathology of a skin cancer.
The problem with biopsy is a 'sampling error' may miss the exact pathology.

In brief: Excision BETTER
A complete excision (cut out) will provide the precise pathology of a skin cancer.
The problem with biopsy is a 'sampling error' may miss the exact pathology.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
There is lack of consensus on the use of such terms. Generally pathologists mean that the tumor is high grade and invasive and carries a risk of metastases.
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