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Is a cyst soft or hard?, and is a tumor soft or hard?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes to both: Cysts are always filled with something at least semiliquid. Tumors range from gelatinous to stony-hard. The key isn't the way the mass feels, though the clinician will note this; it's the presence of an abnormal mass.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Cyst/Tumor: A cyst is a closed sac containing air, fluid or semi-solid materials. A tumor is a swelling which can be a cyst or a solid mass.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Either can occur: A cyst is a thin walled closed space filled with fluid. If the amt. of fluid is large the cyst can be tense and feel very firm. A tumor is a overgrowth of cells either benign or malignant For the latter a scan tissue tumor, benign or malignant is very firm while a fatty tumor even if malignant can feel very soft. Scans and bx or aspiration will define cyst from tumor.

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