Living With Advanced Stage Cancer Tips
Tips to help you and your family deal with the challenges of Advanced Cancer.
Living With Advanced Stage Cancer Tips >
Expert Q & A
Our expert team of doctors and pharmacists answer questions about Advanced Cancer.
Click Here for Answers >

How Is the Gleason Score Used to Determine My Prostate Cancer Prognosis?

My doctor says that although I have prostate cancer, my Gleason score is relatively low. I'd like to know more about my Gleason score. What is it, and how is it used to determine my prostate cancer prognosis?
 

Answer

A pathologist will determine your Gleason score after examining a sample of your prostate tissue under a microscope. Gleason scores range from 2 to 10, with a low score indicating that the cancerous tissue still closely resembles normal, healthy prostate tissue, and a high score indicating that the cancerous tissue is quite different from normal tissue. Higher scores indicate a higher likelihood for the cancer to spread.
 
Your doctor will use your Gleason score, in combination with several other factors (such as how large the main tumor is, whether or not the cancer has spread to lymph nodes, whether it has spread to distant parts of the body, and your PSA [prostate-specific antigen] level when you were first diagnosed), to stage your cancer and help determine your prognosis.
 
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.