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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Estadificación de la patología

Pathological staging (PA-thuh-LAH-jih-kul STAY-jing)
A method used to determine the stage of cancer. Tissue samples are removed during surgery or a biopsy. The stage is determined based on how the cells in the samples look under a microscope.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.