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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Depends on type: Most benign tumors stay benign. There are certain benign tumors that care rarely progress into a malignant growth.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
If benign see GP: If a lesion has been proven to be benign and is not bulky and interfering with function, then it may be watched after bx by the GP or general surgeon ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Varies: Benign = non-cancer. Tumor = mass. So, the features of a non-cancerous mass depend on what it is -- that is what cell it is derived from, location, e ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Yes: All tumors arise from normal pre existing cells that have undergone some form of transformation. Several oncogenes are turned on to present the benig ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Carcinoid tumors are not benign. They are typically (but not always) slower growing than other tumors. They can spread if not found and therefore sho ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
35 years experience in Pathology
No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of ' ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
One spreads: Contrary to malignant tumor , benign tumor , growth ( division ) is less rapid, confined , contained , do not spread , both have their own distinct ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends on situation: There is a middle ground between the common idea of benign (never harmful) and malignant (always harmful). Conditions like tuberous sclerosis can gen ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Depends: On the pathologist's report.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience in Pathology
Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience in Medical Oncology
Biopsy: Rapid growth of a tumor is worrisome for cancer. Only a biopsy can give definite answer.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
A few do: Almost all colon cancer arise in colonic polyps which start out as benign tumors. However, vast majority of benign tumor do not become malignant, e.g ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Malignant tumor: The characteristics of malignant tumor is that it has a capacity to invade to the adjacent structures and to spread/metastasize to distant organ. Ben ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Yes: Many benign tumors are known to convert to malignancy and are carefully watched and not subject to treatment ie giant cell tumor of bone that is radia ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience in Breast Surgery
Yes: Sometimes a tumor can be diagnosed as benign on an initial biopsy, but when the entire tumor is removed the pathologist may see an area that meets the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: By definition, no cancer is benign.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.c ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience in Neurosurgery
Pineal gland cyst: Pineal gland cysts are not at all uncommon. As long as the mr is not showing any tumor characteristics which it sounds like is the case here here. The ... Read More
A 33-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 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sinclair
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Usually malignant: Malignant tumors tend to spread all over the body. Benign tumors tend to spread locally. If a benign tumor is in a bad place, then local spread can b ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
30 years experience in Medical Oncology
Benign tumor?: Although benign tumors can be observed and do not normally metastasize, the best way to confirm is to have a biopsy.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It happens: They just happen in many cases. Some run in families (genetic). Symptoms can be from growth of the tumor or irritation of nerves and other structures ... Read More
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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 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lyle Dennis
25 years experience in Neurology
Meningioma: Most intracranial rumors are meningiomas, which are benign.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Terminology issues: The term malignant is used to describe a tumor known to spread to & damage tissues & organs to the point death is possible. Benign tumors are less wor ... Read More
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Dr. Bahareh Fazilat
20 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Uterine leiomyomas: Uterine myomas are most often benign. In very rare incidences in a setting of very rapidly growing myomas the bar of suspicion for malignancy must be ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lester Thompson
32 years experience in Pathology
Not certain of ?: Skin, made up of epidermis, can be found in benign tumor, such as a teratoma, epidermal inclusion cyst, branchial cleft anomalies, etc. So, I am not s ... Read More
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 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Confusing question: Why would you ever want treatment for a benign condition? If the word tumor bothers you, have your doc explain what benign means. In short, you can di ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Yes it is: It is a low grade type of cancer. It usually has a fairly good prognosis when treated properly.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Supportive: What kind of benign tumor of pelvic bone you are referring here? Observation and supportive care, in general , would be the recommendation for a beni ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
53 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Brain radiation is directed precisely at one area of the brain and does not affect other areas.
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Dr. Lauren Stegman
26 years experience in Radiation Oncology
I : I hope you did not have 20 weeks of radiation! that would be a lot. Standard radiation treatments for pituitary tumors generally consist of 25 - 30 ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Probably normal: Depending on what the benign tumor was. It is likely that you are at no increased risk compared to anyone else.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Zickmann
29 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends on location: A definitive diagnosis of an odontoma can only be established after removal, but x-rays can give a good indication. Often, an odontoma is preventing ... Read More
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