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I am posting this message looking for help decifering my Father's path report. He was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, moderately differerianted haggit level 4. What does this mean?

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I'm presuming that he had a polyp which showed this. The "moderate differentiation" refers to the organization of the inside of the cells. It goes from "highly" or more organized, "moderate"- somewhat organized, to "poorly" or poorly organized. The more organized the cell types then usually the better. The Haggitt level 4 means that the carcinoma has invaded the base of the polyp. It is basically the same as what would be considered Stage 1 colon cancer. There is less chance that there has been any spread. It has a good chance for cure.


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And, adenocarcinoma is the most common form of colon cancer - doesn't make it great, but at least it is not some more exotic form.

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