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What does the Gleason score mean?



The higher the Gleason score, the more aggressive the cancer and the more likely it is to spread.

3+3 - All of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow slowly.

3+4 - Most of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow slowly. There were some cancer cells that look more likely to grow at a more moderate rate.

4+3 - Most of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow at a moderate rate. There were some cancer cells that look likely to grow slowly.

4+4 - All of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow at a moderately quick rate.

4+5 - Most of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow at a moderately quick rate. There were some cancer cells that are likely to grow more quickly.

5+4 - Most of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow quickly.

5+5 - All of the cancer cells found in the biopsy look likely to grow quickly.
Your doctor or nurse will talk you through what your results mean.


Source: Prostate Cancer UK
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