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are all gliomas malignant

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Dr. Kenneth Pienta
34 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No: Glioma is a broad term that refers to cancers in the brain. Many are malignant but some are benign.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Malignant: All astrocytomas are malignant. Some are much more aggressive than others.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Seldom benign: Only a few types of astrocytoma behave in a benign way. The best known is the pilocytic astrocytoma, mostly a childrens' tumor.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
MRI, biopsy: To diagnose glioma, you need an MRI with and without contrast, and a brain biopsy.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Yes. They are all unfortunately.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
16 years experience in Neurology
No, very variable: While some brain tumors are extremely dangerous, others are often quite benign and do not require removal unless they are causing symptoms.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No : However, recommend annual head to toe evaluation of skin & nails to insure that no skin lesions appear to be consistent with malignancy.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Bu enough are so that it's worth evaluating. If a pigmented lesion is questionable, do get it seen.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience in General Surgery
0%: All ependymoma brain tumors are technically malignant, meaning the cells are cancer and can grow into the surrounding brain tissue. However, most of ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
48 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Nasal tumors are less common but may still occur in younger people. See a medical professional for an examination to determine the cause. Don't jump i ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Aggressiveness: Today's criteria for malignancy are mostly about a destabilized genome that allows clones of cells in the tumor to invade and spread.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Astrocytomas: Astrocytomas are most common malignant brain tumors.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
26 years experience in General Surgery
No: Small tumors can be malignant, and tend to grow and spread if left untreated. Benign tumors can also grow, and somtimes get big because of lack of sym ... Read More
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A 84-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Yes: Malignancy and cancer are synonymous. A malignant tumor is cancer.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
Thyroid nodules: No, most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. A thyroid ultrasound is very sensitive at picking up tiny and often insignificant nodules. There are some ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyle Dennis
25 years experience in Neurology
Meningioma: Most intracranial rumors are meningiomas, which are benign.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Cystic astrocytoma: Not all cystic astrocytomas are malignant. Being cystic does not make the tumor malignant, there are other findings in the tumor that need to be prese ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Yes.: There are many different kinds of tumors that can develop in the liver, of which many are benign. Various tests such as ct scans and ultrasounds can ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience in Dermatology
Many Types: There are more than three types of malignant tumors. A cell from any organ (liver, skin, lung, brain, blood, breast, ovary, etc) may proliferate with ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Malignant: By definition, malignant tumors are cancerous. A tumor is just an abnormal swelling - many times it is benign (no serious, imminent concern). But if ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience in Endocrinology
I would say not: Hi. No, I would say pituitary tumors aren't neuroendocrine (NE) tumors (nor are craniopharyngeomas). Generally the term "neuroendocrine" refers to ner ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Power to invade: Tumors are in fact caused by the accumulation of a series of genetic mutations. If something is going to be cancer, the mutations destabilize the geno ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in Medical Oncology
Yes: Wilms' tumor is a malignant tumor of the kidney that usually occurs in childhood.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Cannot spread.: Tumors are collections of cells that multiply, creating "growths" or "lumps". Tumors may be benign or malignant. A benign tumor lacks the ability to ... Read More

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