Medical Q&As

Spindle cell tumour - what is it?

Could you explain “spindle cell tumour”?

Spindle cell tumour is a pathological rather than a clinical diagnosis. It is a descriptive term based on the spindle shaped cells that are observed by the pathologist when examining a tissue sample under the microscope. Spindle cells can be associated with tumours in various parts of the body. Therefore the term is not a precise diagnosis in itself. It is necessary to know the site of the tumour before entering a discussion about treatment and prognosis.