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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/30/2009

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Microscopic Appearance of Cancer Cells

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Cancer tissue has a distinctive appearance under the microscope. Among the traits the doctor looks for are a large number of irregularly shaped dividing cells, variation in nuclear size and shape, variation in cell size and shape, loss of specialized cell features, loss of normal tissue organization, and a poorly defined tumor boundary.

Microscopic Appearance of Cancer Cells