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Clear margins question

cahalstead
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Please forgive my ignorance but I noticed the heading "clear margins" from a previous post. What advantage is there for "clear margins"? What exactly does that mean? I had that on my path report but neglected to ask my doctor what it meant.

Thanks.

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vinny3
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It means there are normal cells between the tumor tissue and the border of the specimen they are looking at. If there are cancer cells right at the edge, or margin, of the sample the concern is that some were left behind.

Dick

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KathiM
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I LOVE having a doc on call!!! Thanks, Dick!

Hugs, Kathi

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vinny3
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Your welcome. But to be honest, I'd rather be an honorary member of the Board.

Dick

cahalstead
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Thanks Dick. Thanks so much for sharing your medical knowledge with me.

I'd say clear margins is a "good thing".

Char

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