Unless you are a medical professional the pathology report may look like a foreign language to most. But it will answer a lot of questions on what treatment if any you will need going forward. Many people ask for a copy of their pathology report to keep in their treatment folder. What follows is intended as a basic introduction to the subject, below you will find links to continued reading.

A doctor will take a sample of tissue they need information about that cannot be seen by the naked eye and sends it to the pathology department.

The pathologist will look at the tissue and issue a pathology report.

The pathology report is what guides your bladder cancer treatment.

It tells your medical treatment team what stage, grade and type your cancer is.

Stage and grade are some of the most important things your pathology report will tell you.

There are several types of bladder cancer and each has its own treatment path.

Grade tells how different the cancer cells look from normal cells.

Stage tells if or how far into the bladder layers the cancer has grown.

staging grading cancer chart


Suggested Reading

From National Cancer Institute Stages of Bladder Cancer

From Cancer.net of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Staging with Illustrations