Well differentiated


October 17, 2023


well differentiated

In pathology, the term well differentiated is used to describe a malignant (cancerous) tumour made up of cells that look very similar to normal, healthy cells. The degree of differentiation is important because it is used to determine the tumour grade. In most areas of the body, well differentiated tumours are considered low grade. In contrast, poorly differentiated and undifferentiated tumours are considered high grade. Compared to high grade tumours, low grade tumours tend to be less aggressive, are less likely to metastasize (spread) to lymph nodes and other parts of the body, and are associated with better prognosis. Pathologists make this diagnosis after examining tissue under a microscope.

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