low grade

Pronunciation: (loh grayd)

A term used to describe cells and tissue that look almost normal under a microscope. Low-grade cancer cells look more like normal cells and tend to grow and spread more slowly than high-grade cancer cells. Cancer grade may be used to help plan treatment and determine prognosis. Low-grade cancers usually have a better prognosis than high-grade cancers and may not need treatment right away.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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