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 news Bad news
Benign Malignant
Low grade High grade
Radiosensitive Radioresistant
No metastases metastases
Well differentiated Poorly differentiated
Negative nodes Positive nodes
In remission Relapse
Surgically resectable Inoperable

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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