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10 years 3 months ago #32707 by sara.anne
Sorry, Mike...but no. By "what does it mean" I mean in terms of possible progression, prognosis????? I know what the numbers stand for, but what do they really MEAN?

Am I correct in thinking I have read that they do not use a "I" here?

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10 years 3 months ago - 10 years 3 months ago #32706 by mmc
There are different grading scales. It is saying that it a grade 2 to 3 on a four grade scale.

3 or 4 Level Grading

The higher the number, the faster a cancer is to grow and spread. In a numbered grading notation, the pathologist will always use two number side-by-side. The first number indicates the cancer's grade, the second number indicates the grading system the pathologist is using. For instance, the notation II/IV indicates a grade 2 tumor in a 4 level grading scale. The notation II/III indicates a grade 2 tumor in a 3 level grading scale.


The above is an excerpt from the following: Cancerpage.com article

Mike (Not an expert but pretty good with Google. Found the above article by Googling "Grade II-III/IV Bladder Cancer".)
Hope that helps. :)

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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10 years 3 months ago #32705 by sara.anne
Would one of you "experts" (and you know who you are) please define the following for me, in ten words or less :)
"Papillary transitional cell carcinoma, Grade II-III/IV"

ps I know what the papillary is, and have read all the stuff on our website info area....Just want a succinct definition of the
II-III/IV to confirm my understanding. Am cleaning out files and just found my initial diagnosis...right before the second TURB which found the (already suspected) CIS. The CIS diagnosis took all of my attention, and I sort of forgot the papillary.

Thanks

Sara Anne

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