dr james c wittig, orthopedic oncologist, new york, new jersey
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Sarcomas are graded by pathologists. When the pathologist views a biopsy specimen or the final tumor under the microscope, he assigns a grade to the t...

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A biopsy is the act of obtaining a piece of tissue from a tumor. It is then studied under a microscope by a pathologist (a physician who specializes in this area) to determine the type of tumor. Determining the type of tumor, and whether it is benign or malignant (cancerous) enables the doctors to determine the type of treatment.

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Staging is a way of assessing specific characteristics about a sarcoma and correlating it with a prognosis. It is a way of estimating a prognosis for patients.

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