high grade

Pronunciation: (hy grayd)

A term used to describe cells and tissue that look abnormal under a microscope. High-grade cancer cells tend to grow and spread more quickly than low-grade cancer cells. Cancer grade may be used to help plan treatment and determine prognosis. High-grade cancers usually have a worse prognosis than low-grade cancers and may need treatment right away or treatment that is more aggressive (intensive).

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2004-08-24 Date last modified: 2013-12-19