differentiation

Undifferentiated

What does undifferentiated mean? Pathologists use the word undifferentiated to describe a tumour made up of cells that do not look anything like the normal, non-cancerous cells 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 …
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Poorly differentiated

What does poorly differentiated mean? Pathologists use the term poorly differentiated to describe tumours made up of cancer cells that look very abnormal compared to normal cells, non-cancerous cells. Cancer cells can be described as poorly differentiated based on their shape, size, or colour. Why do pathologists use the word differentiated? Pathologists use the word …
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Differentiated

What does differentiated mean? Differentiated is a term pathologists use to describe the difference between cancer cells and normal, healthy cells. Most types of cancer are divided into three grades of differentiation – well differentiated, moderately differentiated, and poorly differentiated. For some types of tumours, a fourth grade called undifferentiated is also used. The grade …
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