Histological breast grade

Home Treatments Lifestyle Symptoms Cancers

 

The pathologist will determine the aggressiveness or grade of the tumour by comparing the microscopic features of the surgical specimen with an established classification system. These systems look at:

The glandular pattern of cells compared with the organ of origin

Low grade (often otherwise called grade 1, or well differentiated) tumour will have features, albeit disrupted, of its origin. 

Moderate grade Grade 2 is somewhere in between.

High grade (grade 3 or poorly differentiated) will just look like a sheet of cells with no residual distinctive pattern remaining. 

The aggressiveness of the individual cells. If the cells are large, show features of dividing rapidly or are very dissimilar to those from its organ of origin they are usually classed as high grade. If small, look like they are not dividing rapidly and look similar to those from its origin they are usually be classed as low grade.

The pathologist, using special stains called immunohistochemistry,  will also test for other features including the oestrogen or HER2  receptors.

Further general information Your doctors and specialist nurses are in an ideal position to give you relevant information on your disease and treatment as they know your individual circumstances. Cancerbackup has a help line (0808 800 1234) and a prize winning video available in English, Italian, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati & Hindi explaining Radiotherapy & Chemotherapy. Cancernet.co.uk has over 500 pages describing cancer, its management, practical tips and tool which patients, their carers and their doctors have found helpful during the cancer journey.


Home | Cancer management | Cancer treatments - Chemotherapy Radiotherapy  Hormones  Biologicals | Complementary | Lifestyle - Exercise  Diet  Smoking  Sun | Tests for cancer | Books | Videos | Travel | Insurance | Symptoms | Side effects | Clinical trials | Glossary | Support groups & links | About cancer | About us |