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The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. To diagnose your child's leiomyosarcoma, your specialist at Boston Children's Hospital uses a combination of medical history, physical examination and laboratory tests.
How does a doctor know that it’s leiomyosarcoma?
Diagnostic procedures for leiomyosarcoma determine the exact type of tumor your child has and whether the tumor has spread. These may include a:
What is differentiation (hertological grading)?
Differentiation is how much a cell stands out from surrounding cells.
For example, a fat cell looks completely different than a cartilage cell.
In terms of leiomyosarcoma, differentiation is about how different the tumor cells appear from the normal cells it originated from.
For example, if it is a leiomyosarcoma of soft tissue, it’s a matter of how different the tumor may look from the soft tissue.
Highly differentiated tumors look like the cells they originated from.
Low differentiated tumors look very different from the cells they originated from.
The less differentiated the tumor is, the more mitosis is going on, meaning the tumor cells are dividing and growing.
What is grading of tumors?
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child’s condition. Then we meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.
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