NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Ovarian Cancer - page 26

Part 3: Treatment planning
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
What is a pathology report?
A pathology report is a document with information
about cancer cells and tissues that were removed
from your body and looked at with a microscope
for signs of disease. The pathology report is
written by a pathologist, a doctor who’s an expert
in testing cells and tissue for disease. Your doctors
will use the information in the pathology report
to decide which treatment is best for you. The
pathology report includes many important results
and details such as the cancer stage (eg, size,
location, spread in the body), cancer grade, cell
subtype, and the procedure used to remove the
biopsy samples. The tumor size is measured in
cm (
eters). Contact your treatment team if
you have questions about your pathology report or
if you would like a copy of it.
Subtypes of ovarian cancer.
There are different
subtypes of ovarian cancer based on what the
cancer cells look like under a microscope. These
subtypes include serous, mucinous, endometrioid,
clear cell, and undifferentiated. Serous is the most
common subtype. Clear cell is the least common
subtype, but tends to be more aggressive.
However, the different subtypes of epithelial
ovarian cancer are generally all treated in the
same way.
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