The information from your biopsy, scans and other tests will tell your doctors more about the grade and stage of your cancer. This information will be used by a team of doctors and nurses known as the multidisciplinary team or MDT. Your MDT will decide on the most appropriate treatment for you.
Doctors examine the cancer cells under a microscope and compare them with normal cells.
This helps them grade the cancer. The grade helps your doctor to decide if you need further treatment after surgery.
- Grade 1 or low-grade or well differentiated – The cancer cells look similar to normal cells and usually grow slowly and are less likely to spread.
- Grade 2 or moderate or intermediate-grade – The cancer cells look more abnormal and are slightly faster growing.
- Grade 3 or high-grade or poorly differentiated – The cancer cells look very different from normal cells and may grow more quickly.
Grading of soft tissue sarcomas can sometimes be difficult, especially for the less common types. Your doctor will be able to talk to you in more detail about grading.