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What is papilliary cancer?

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Dr. Kenneth Murdock
Radiation Oncology 54 years experience
Think sea anemonae: Those underwater creatures that have lots of fronds or feathers. Papillary just describes the anatomic shape of the cancer. Papillary tumors can ariuse in lots of places, from thyroid to ovary to rectum, even the skin. They can be benign or malignant.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Type of cell: A type of cancer that can occur in several organs, such as the thyroid, breast and kidney.
Dr. Sean Williamson
Pathology 14 years experience
Finger-like: Papillary is a descriptive term for finger-like projections (or tree-like branches). So tumors in various organs that microscopically are composed of finger-like projections of cells are referred to as papillary cancers. Some organs that can develop papillary cancers are the kidney, ovary, and thyroid. However, despite the similar names, the tumors in these organs are different from each other.

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A 35-year-old female asked:

What is papilliary cancer how can this be treated?

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Dr. Kenneth Murdock
Radiation Oncology 54 years experience
It depends.: The site of the primary cancer, be it thyroid, ovary rectum in general determines the treatment - a biopsy has to be done first to be certain it's a malignancy. Then a treatment plan will be devised, often by a conference of surgeons, mediczal oncologists and radiation oncologists.

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