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what is the definition or description of: neoplasm?

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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 31 years experience
Neoplasm: A neoplasm is a mass produced by the abnormal growth of tissue. Neoplasms can be benign or malignant. Both types of neoplasms can be serious depending on where they are located. Benign neoplasms in a confined space (such as the brain in the skull) can produce serious consequences. Obviously malignant neoplasms can also be very serious.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
New growth: A neoplasm literally means "new growth" and like the term "tumor", can be applied to nodules/lumps/bumps that are both benign and cancerous.

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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: neoplasms?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Tumor: "tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" as synonymous with "neoplasm".
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A 50-year-old female asked:

What is an avascular hypoechoic, complex cystic mass 3.7 x 2.3 x2.9 , inferior is increased echogenicity 3.7 x 3.3 x 3.0 cm?

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Dr. Justin Buchanan
Radiology 12 years experience
Need more info: You are describing an ultrasound finding, but it could mean different thing in different parts of the body. What body part contains the complex cystic mass?
Dr. Justin Buchanan
Radiology 12 years experience
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Based on the additional information that this lesion is on your upper thigh, it could be an abscess (infection) if you have any redness or fever. It could be a hematoma (blood clot) if you injured yourself or are on blood thinners. It could also be a tumor if it has been slow growing over weeks to months - especially if you have a history of cancer. Hope that helps and follow up with your Dr.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about tumor removal?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Wide margins.: We are beginning to find that most if not all malignant tumors arise in a field and that many areas of normal cells around the tumor are in actuality malignant expressing tumor protein and express genetic alterations of malignancy. To cure a tumor, wide excision hoping to excise all potentially premalignant cells are required. This probably converts to a margin of 2-5 cm
A 17-year-old female asked:

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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Dr. Matthew Kozminski
Neurology 16 years experience
Or it may be stable: The concern would be if it is causing endocrine dysfunction. Let the endocrinologist figure this out for you and treat you. If the tumor is small, it may not need to be surgically removed.
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Can you advise me on going to emergency room for tumor?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
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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