Think to yourself what each italicized term means and how it may affect the patient’s prognosis. You may find a couple of terms from previous modules. Remember, this is a cumulative learning experience!

In plain English

Good newsBad news
Low gradeHigh grade
No metastasesmetastases
Well differentiatedPoorly differentiated
Negative nodesPositive nodes
In remissionRelapse
Surgically resectableInoperable

I am optimistic! How about you? Of course, physicians don’t use the simple-minded scorecard shown above. It is just my mechanism to summarize significant information that can affect prognosis.

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