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What Does Gleason Score Mean for Prostate Cancer?

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016 07:30 PM

A crucial part of managing prostate cancer is understanding the severity and aggressiveness of the disease for each patient. The Gleason score is a way to rate prostate cancer.

As WebMD explains, a Gleason score is obtained by first taking a biopsy, or tissue sample, from the prostate gland and analyzing the cells under a microscope. Healthy tissue cells look different from cancer cells, and cells that have a very altered appearance indicate a more dangerous cancer.

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Based on the appearance of the cells, the pathologist will assign two grades, a primary grade and a secondary grade, according to Healthline. These values are then added together to derive the Gleason score, which will be a value between 2 and 10. The higher the Gleason score, the more likely the prostate cancer will spread to other parts of the body.

The Gleason score can be valuable, but as WebMD cautions, it is not a perfect indicator of prostate cancer severity. Because the test begins with visual cell inspection using a microscope, its accuracy depends on the skill level and expertise of the pathologist. When there are doubts about the accuracy, follow-up tests may be necessary.

According to the American Cancer Society, a combined Gleason score of 6 for prostate cancer is considered low-grade, and these cancers are likely to grow slowly. A score of 7 is considered moderate risk, and anything 8 or higher is considered to be high-grade and describe aggressive cancers that could spread quickly.

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The Gleason score is an important indicator of the behavior of a patient’s prostate cancer. However, it needs to be considered as part of the overall risk assessment picture, says the American Cancer Society. Other important considerations include:

• The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels
• Findings of the digital rectal exam (DRE)
• Whether the cancer was found on both sides of the prostate
• Whether the cancer has already spread beyond the prostate gland

Determining prostate cancer’s aggressiveness helps physicians develop appropriate treatment plans and avoid over-treating cases that will not benefit. The Gleason score should be considered as part of the overall risk stratification strategy for prostate cancer.

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