Basic Histology -- Some Abnormally Large Nuclei Next Home Back

In our new curriculum, you will learn to recognize abnormal cells along with normal cells.

Generally, the nuclei tell the pathologist "benign or malignant" while the cytoplasm tells the pathologist "cell of origin".

Cancer cell nuclei have become genetically destabilized. Often their nuclei vary greatly in size.

This is the edge of a lung cancer. The cancer is composed of bizarre epithelial cells. They grow next to an area of normal fibrous tissue.

The nuclei in the cancer cells are much larger than in the normal areas. They vary wildly in shape.

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