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A 36-year-old member asked:

how do you tell your loved ones you have a tumor?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
With caring: I think that is important to have an honest discussion with your loved ones. They will be a major source of support. I have seen people wait until they are very i'll. Their families have a much harder time coping and helping. Sometimes they are angry and are slower to support. You need to be honest and answer their questions. Your doctor might be able to help tell them as well.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Honesty: I am very sorry to hear of this difficulty, i hope it is treatable. Be honest and give those who love you the facts and ask for their help and support. Don't go it alone, those who love will want to help. Wishing you the best outcome.

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Can you tell me about tumor removal?

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If I have a pituary gland tumour should I be waiting all this time it could be getting bigger have been waiting to see endocrinologist for 3 months?

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Can you advise me on going to emergency room for tumor?

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Poor: It is rare for tumors to routinely cause symptoms that need emergency room help where the physcians there are not surgical or medical oncologists. Better to see family physician to help make diagnosis and then refer to the proper cancer specialist.
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I have a growing fibroadenoma mammae (non-dangerous tumor), what to do?

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Leave alone: Fibroademomas represent the effect of hormones on breast tissue. In the 30's the effect produces reaction on breast tissue producing fibroadenomas which are benign and should be left unless they continue to enlarge to form a giant lesion. When the breast tissue stops responding the hormone effect acts on the milk ducts to produce cysts. These lesions rarely convert to malignancy.

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