differentiation

What does undifferentiated mean?

Undifferentiated cells are cancer cells that do not look anything like the normal cells usually found in the area of the body where the tumour started. Because undifferentiated cancer cells are so abnormal looking when examined under the microscope, your pathologist may not be able to determine the specific tumour type or exactly where the …
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What does poorly differentiated mean?

Pathologists use the word differentiated to describe the difference between the cancer cells and the surrounding normal, health cells (non-cancerous) cells. Poorly differentiated cells look very abnormal compared to normal cells. Cancer cells can be described as poorly differentiated based on their shape, size, or colour. The opposite of poorly differentiated is well differentiated. Well differentiated cancer …
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What does differentiated mean?

Cancers start from cells that were previously normal and healthy. These normal cells can usually be found surrounding a tumour. Pathologists use the word differentiated to describe the difference between the cancer cells and the surrounding normal, healthy cells. Why do pathologists use the word differentiated? Pathologists use the word differentiated in their report because not all cancers …
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