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Benign vs Malignant Neoplasms

Benign vs Malignant Neoplasms

  • Tumors can be classified as benign (well differentiated) or malignant (range from well differentiated to undifferentiated.).
  • Tumors can be classified according to
    • Anatomic site,
    • Histology (grading)
    • Extent of disease (staging).
  • Tumor classification systems provide a standardized way to
    • Communicate the status of the cancer to all members of the Interprofessional care team
    • Assist in determining the most effective treatment plan
    • Evaluate the treatment plan
    • Predict prognosis
    • Compare like groups for statistical purposes.
  • Ability of malignant tumor cells to invade and metastasize is major difference between benign and malignant neoplasms