• Is anyone very familiar with the Fuhrman Grading System?

    Asked by buckhunter on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Is anyone very familiar with the Fuhrman Grading System?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, it is a widely used scale for grading renal cell carcinoma tumors. Did you have a specific question?

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Here is the info:
      The system for determining the characteristics of a cancer’s cells is called Fuhrman grading. The Fuhrman grade is determined by a pathologist, who will review the cellular details of your tumor. The grade is based on an examination of how closely the cancer cell’s nucleus (part of a cell in which DNA is stored) resembles a normal kidney cell’s nucleus.

      Kidney cancers are usually given a Fuhrman grade on a scale of 1 through 4. Grade 1 kidney cancers have cell nuclei that look very much like a normal kidney cell nucleus. These cancers are usually slow growing and are slow to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). They tend to have a good outlook (prognosis). Grade 4 kidney cancer, on the upper end of the Fuhrman scale, looks quite different from normal kidney cells and has a worse prognosis. Generally, the higher the Fuhrman grade the worse the prognosis.

      Courtesy of the Kidney Cancer Association at:
      Hope this helps, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • buckhunter's Avatar

      I heard the doctor say something about it, but he didn't explain it. I've been trying to research it.

      Thanks for the info.

      over 3 years ago

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