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The Gleason Score Predicts Prognosis and Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Dr. David Wise NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center

The Gleason Score categorizes prostate cancer cells according to their severity and aggressiveness and it’s what doctors use to determine a person’s prognosis and treatment. The numbers range from 6 to 10 and are based on how atypical the cells look. The higher the score, the more aggressive the cancer.

There is some disagreement among doctors when men present with low Gleason score numbers. For example, with a score of 6, some doctors believe treatment is necessary while others advocate active surveillance to monitor it.


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Dr. David Wise is a medical oncologist at NYU Langone where he specializes in working with people who have prostate cancer. Read More