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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Sort of: Ovarian cancer will always increase the size of the ovary. Ovarian mass is a clinical term implying that an enlargement of the ovary can be perceived ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Not early enough: Only very advanced ovarian cancer will produce swelling in the abdomen which a patient can see and feel. Early ovarian cancers are too deeply located ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No difference: An enlarged ovary, depending on how enlarged, may or may not have a detectable mass, yet still harbor cancer. If the ovary is enlarged, with or witho ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Certainly: An ovary can certainly enlarge due to cancer, but it may not be a palpable mass. This is why even if you have had a hysterectomy, you still need a ph ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
A lump: Usually rough-surfaced, seldom very painful, sometimes just an enlarges testis if the cancer is inside. Check yourself when you feel like it, and at l ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Sometimes nothing!: Early ovarian cancer can cause minor symptoms like bloating, abdominal swelling, gas, pressure, constipation or diarrhea. Sometimes it can cause pain, ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Usually: A firm hard painless breast lump that persists after completion of the menstrual cycle. But small breast cancers will have no feeling and not be able ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Varies: Many small breast cancers cannot be felt on a physical exam. Larger cancers can be a new, firm, hard, painless breast lump. Can be very hard to tell y ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Like a lump: I am not trying to be funny but often you cannot tell malignant vs. Non-malignant masses. Inflammed nodes are sometimes tender but don't depend on tha ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no pain. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is harder than yo: It would feel harder than your breast is. Most often you can roll it under the flat part of your hand's fingers. If you are suspicious, get a physicia ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerardo Garcia
32 years experience General Surgery
No pain: It takes at many years for a breast cancer to reach 1cm, about 1/2inch. Early detection is very important; yearly screening mammogram starting at the ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Firm mass: Most malignant lesions of the breast can be felt at 1/2 cm. in size. Palpation of breast with hand behind head on side of palpation using opposite han ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
30 years experience Radiation Oncology
Non healing sore: A lip cancer will often present as a non healing sore. This can be anywhere on the lips, and is related to smoking, especially cigars and pipes but a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Pain, loss fxn.,etc.: This is something we hope we never have, but if one has it, it can include pain, weakness, inability to do some things, and it can have an effect know ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is a growth, swel: It may produce a swelling in the throat or in the neck. Sometimes it will cause an ulcer which may make it difficult to swallow or it may cause bleedi ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Something different: Women who find their breast cancers say they felt something "different". Sometimes it's hard, like a little pebble. Or it's a rubbery lump that's new. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
Abdominal distention: It is the abdomen, not the stomach, that is swollen in some patients with advanced ovarian cancer. This is mainly due to accumulation of fluid (called ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
27 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" can ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience Urology
Hard lump: The testicle should feel uniformly firm, like the tip of your nose. Anything in the testicle that feels harder than the surrounding tissue needs to b ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymundo Romero
21 years experience Medical Oncology
A SPECTRUM: There is no specific type or location of abdominal pain that is specific to ovarian cancer. Some women feel nothing, others have bloating and some hav ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
At your age: Risks for cancer are very low. There is no specific feeling for stomach or colon cancer. Advanced disease can gave various pains ; weight loss, but ve ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Moon
29 years experience Radiation Oncology
Varies: Sometimes hard, sometimes rubbery, sometimes can't feel at all. Best way to know what it is: get examined by your md. May need mammogram and/or ultr ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not a specific : Feeling. Testicular cancer may cause enlargement of testicle or an asymmetric enlargement. There is no specific tactile character associated with test ... Read More

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