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Reply was posted 12/29/2009 01:10 pm by Chris
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The degree of differentiation is determined by the pathologist looking through a microscope. Cells from the tumor are needed and normally are had only when surgery takes place, but they could also come from a biopsy.

Well-differentiated is good. It means that the mutation is still relatively small and the cells look a lot like normal cells. Such tumors tend to be less aggressive and more sensitive to chemo.

Poorly differentiated is the other end of the spectrum and means that the cells have heavily mutated. Such tumors tend to be more difficult to treat.

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