Treating a cancer patient for a second time

In order to determine whether a growth represents relapse of a previously diagnosed cancer or is a newly developed, separate tumor, doctors obtain a tissue sample from the patient and have it examined by a pathologist.
#prevention #cancer #tumor

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A tumor from a young boy’s kidney (a normal kidney tubule is visible top right).

http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2017/01/when-cancer-occurs-in-someone-who-has-already-been-treated-how-do-doctors-determine-whether-its-a-new-tumor-or-the-spread-of-the-earlier-tumor/

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