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Doctor insights on: Tiny Fatty Tumors Or Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can a small potentially malignant growth be spreading cancer to other places in the body even if the tumor itself is not growing or changing?

Can a small potentially malignant growth be spreading cancer to other places in the body even if the tumor itself is not growing or changing?

It is possible,,,: Depending on the type of tumor and where it is in the body, a small tumor can metastasize or spread to other areas of the body. For example, a melanoma can stay the same in size, but if it penetrated the skin basement membrane, it can spread very quickly. Some breast cancers can also do this. ...Read more

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Can you see small, early bone cancers on an x-ray, or do they have to be already bigger tumors?

Can you see small, early bone cancers on an x-ray, or do they have to be already bigger tumors?

There's limitation: Like any radiological testing whether mri, ct scan or bone scan, they cannot detect microscopic disease. Generally speaking, the cancer has to be about 5mm before we can say with some certainty whether it's suspicious or not. For plan xray, the bone cancer needs to have eroded the bone, cause abnormal calcification or elevate the periosteum before it's visible. ...Read more

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What are the first visible signs of cancer tumor that reaches the skin? Does it start with a small mark? What color? How does it look? Does it hurt?

What are the first visible signs of cancer tumor that reaches the skin? Does it start with a small mark? What color? How does it look? Does it hurt?

Skin cancer: Skin cancer signs may include a spot or bump that is changing size, color, or shape. Also an area that does not heal may represent a skin cancer. At times a skin cancer may itch or hurt. See a dermatologist for any suspicious areas and a routine skin exam ...Read more

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I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

Could be lipoma: Lipoma are not cancer, but depends on how fast it's growing. If it's within few days I would be concerned about infection. Of months to years a lipoma is likely, but it's not a bad idea to have your primary doc take a look ...Read more

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In a patient who has a very fast growing/high metabolic activity cancer, how small a tumor can be detected on a high-res pet scan?

In a patient who has a very fast growing/high metabolic activity cancer, how small a tumor can be detected on a high-res pet scan?

1-2 centimeters: The sensitivity of pet scanning (in combination with ct) is dependent on the origin and metabolic activity of the cancer and the part of the body that is being scanned. In general, most 2 cm cancers will be identified; as many as 1/3 of all cancers less than 1cm may be missed. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer always possess a tumor? Or large cyst that doesn't go away? Any odds it is present but no tumor or maybe small cysts?

Terminology: For ovarian cancer to be there, there has to be a "tumor", i.e., a mass. The mass may be solid or cystic. There are many different types of ovarian cancers and each has different manifestations. You may consult this site for more info:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028096 ...Read more

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What is the life exspectancy of someone with hip cancer in the bone stage 4 with other small tumors in diferant places?

Very difficult: Every case is different and depends on the treatment received and the response. Without treatment probably 6 months or less, but that is a far guess. ...Read more

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Would a nasal tumor be rare in a 33 y/o healthy nonsmoking woman? Feel something very tiny but sometimes noticeable-not a booger. Polyp? Stats of cancer?

Would a nasal tumor be rare in a 33 y/o healthy nonsmoking woman? Feel something very tiny but sometimes noticeable-not a booger. Polyp? Stats of cancer?

Need examination: Sometimes people who are not experinced in normal anatomy can feel the nasal turbinates and think is a tumor or people can also have polyps, cancer will be less likely ...Read more

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A small bump on left bone hip, around 2 × 1cm, its hurt when get touch (only hurt on the bump not else), it appeared about 5 dys ago, cancer / tumor?

A small bump on left bone hip, around 2 × 1cm, its hurt when get touch (only hurt on the bump not else), it appeared about 5 dys ago, cancer / tumor?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than 10 or so days, of if the symptoms get worse.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Is it normal to remove small bladder cancer tumors instead of using bcg?

Is it normal to remove small bladder cancer tumors instead of using bcg?

Yes: Small tumors can effectively be treated by cystoscopic excision and fulguration. Intravesical BCG therapy can be used to help prevent recurrences of high grade tumors once removed ...Read more

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Can a tender mass near the liver be caused by liver cancer or a small tumor?

Can a tender mass near the liver be caused by liver cancer or a small tumor?

Possibly: Most cancers do not cause pain. It really has to be pretty big to have symptoms. U have to see a physician to review history, symptoms, exam, x-rays, ct etc before the determination can be made. If u feel a mass, call ur doctor to be seen in person. ...Read more

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Would an oncologist do an intensive operation to remove a small malignant tumor because chances are that cancer would then be curable or maybe not?

Would an oncologist do an intensive operation to remove a small malignant tumor because chances are that cancer would then be curable or maybe not?

Cancer: Your question is not clear. Oncologists are not surgeons. What is an "intensive operation"? if there is a primary neoplastic growth suspicious for a malignancy and it appears well localized without distant metastasis, surgical excision with possible proximal regional lymph node dissection is the treatment of choice with or without agjuvant treatment. "cure" is not goal, control is. ...Read more

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My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

Thanks for asking!: Patients with stage 4 cancer (metastatic disease) are usually not considered as candidates for surgery (unless it's for alleviation of symptoms). Consult medical oncologist for systemic chemotherapy or targeted therapy. ...Read more

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My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

Depends: It really depends on type of cancer. Adenocarcinoma is not resectable once outside the pancreas because there are other areas that u can't see yet. If it is neuroendocrine tumor then surgery is an option. Also liver lesion needs to be biopsied or pet positive to reliably say that there is cancer there. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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What is done for breast cancer with small tumors?

What is done for breast cancer with small tumors?

Credible information: Start here for overview of breast cancer and treatment. This is a noncommercial site that might be updated. Best wishes.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001911/. ...Read more

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My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

Yes: Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the completion of chemotherapy. Your medical and radiation oncologists can give you the best information for your father's particular case. ...Read more

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Had lump in upper left side of neck for 3yrs no symptoms until recently, small short headaches. Can this be a cancer tumor? Size changes, not hard.

Had lump in upper left side of neck for 3yrs no symptoms until recently, small short headaches. Can this be a cancer tumor? Size changes, not hard.

Can this be a cancer: Cancer can indeed grow and metastasize. Size alone or softness/hardness, headaches are not good enough to definitive diagnose cancer. A biopsy and or scans are helpful tests. ...Read more

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Had kidney cancer stage 1, now a solid tumor in other kidney. If the tumor is rcc again, would I still be stage 1 if it is small? Or a higher stage?

Yes: Fortunately, your follow-up was adequate and the other tumor was detected early enough for a robotic partial nephrectomy. ...Read more

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History of breast cancer in my family. Will a mammogram show anything if tiny tumor?

History of breast cancer in my family. Will a mammogram show anything if tiny tumor?

Breast cancer: Depending on your breast density/composition on mammography, a tumor as small as 3-4 mm may be identified. ...Read more

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I have testicular cancer, which now is just germ cell tumor contained to my lungs. How damaging is smoking to the germ cell tumor? The tumor is 2.5cm then there are 15 tiny ones spread throughout.

I have testicular cancer, which now is just germ cell tumor contained to my lungs. How damaging is smoking to the germ cell tumor? The tumor is 2.5cm then there are 15 tiny ones spread throughout.

Hmmmm...: Smoking is unlikely to damage the tumor cells and is probably not going to help you recover from testicular cancer. Furthermore, it will worsen your lung function. This is especially important because one of the drugs used in your chemotherapy also affect the lungs. ...Read more

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Sudden spasm in a small little part of face from over 3 month lasting few seconds can that be cancer or brain tumor seizures?

Sudden spasm in a small little part of face from over 3 month lasting few seconds can that be cancer or brain tumor seizures?

Probably neither: Could be several things none of them very threatening. Depending on what part of the face, it can be blepharospasm or more likely hemifacial spasm. If it get's worse a neurologist would be helpful. If the spasms become disabling, Botox might be a good place to start. ...Read more

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What's the chance of pancrtic cancer they call it mass called lymphadenopathy at small bowl. All blood work is normal tumor markers normal to I am 36 f?

What's the chance of pancrtic cancer they call it mass called lymphadenopathy at small bowl. All blood work is normal tumor markers normal to I am 36 f?

Your question: Is rather disjointed perhaps because you are scared, but small bowel lymphadenopathy is not synonymous with pancreatic cancer which btw would be unusual at your age, mesenteric adenitis from a viral illness, non specific enteritis, or over-read of a ct scan is a little more common. Why don't you ask the doctor who ordered the ct scan on your behalf about the results. ...Read more

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Is autonomic neuropathy a presentation of small cell lung cancer? If so how long until the tumor appears?

Is autonomic neuropathy a presentation of small cell lung cancer? If so how long until the tumor appears?

It can be: Autonomic neuropathy has many causes, including diabetes. Cancer would be the most unusual cause. Rarely autonomic neuropathy can be the first sign of cancer like small cell lung cancer. There is no way to tell when the tumor will appear, but most patients have anti-Hu antibodies on a blood test. If your doctor has ruled out every other cause, it might make sense to do that blood test. ...Read more

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There is something in my left breast. Its like a small lump but its not painful. Is it possible that this is a tumor or a breast cancer? Tnx

There is something in my left breast. Its like a small lump but its not painful. Is it possible that this is a tumor or a breast cancer? Tnx

Probably not: It would be exceedingly rare for an 18 year old to develop breast cancer. You should however speak about your concerns with your friendly primary care physician. ...Read more

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I keep hearing nightmares about whrt got small cell lung cancer that can go to the brain mine already is in my brain I hav 10 tumors is whrt bad?

I keep hearing nightmares about whrt got small cell lung cancer that can go to the brain mine already is in my brain I hav 10 tumors is whrt bad?

Serious, treatable: Someone with this problem (small cell cancer that has spread to the brain) is facing a very very difficult and serious health issue. It really needs to be discussed with ones doctor. This can be treated, but the details of the expected outcomes and things like that really need to be talked over with one's personal doctor. Every situation is a little different. ...Read more

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Is it true that the primary tumor in small cell lung cancer is often occult? Does this mean even a CT scan can't see it? Do we only detect on spread

Is it true that the primary tumor in small cell lung cancer is often occult? Does this mean even a CT scan can't see it? Do we only detect on spread

At some point: In its development, every cancer is "occult" because it originates on a microscopic level. CT has a high sensitivity for detecting lung cancer, approximately 95%, so CT will detect the vast majority of lung cancers. ...Read more

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Are tumors in small cell lung cancer tiny making it hard to diagnose. I have had a negative CTscan but still worried to due to fatigue and weight loss?

Are tumors in small cell lung cancer tiny making it hard to diagnose. I have had a negative CTscan but still worried to due to fatigue and weight loss?

Stop worrying: It's the cells that are small, not the tumors. Incipient lung cancers may be there but they're not making you sick yet. Do you have Addison's? Gluten enteropathy? Any of dozens of others? Worrying accomplishes nothing. Rechannek that energy into smoking cessation, exercising, and/or continuing your work up as applicable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Possible Warthin's tumor at tail of Parotid gland, there for years, no change ENT says too tiny to biposy, to come back in 6 months. Is cancer unlikely?

Cancer unlikely: Since this tumor has been there for many years and is still too small to biopsy, it can be left alone. It is not likely to be a cancer unless it is growing in size. ...Read more

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My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?

My mother is a colon cancer patient she s had two operations to remove two tumors in her small bowel over the last four years this morning she had ano?

QUESTION UNCLEAR?: Sorry not sure of question. Your mother should keep in touch with her treatment team. Have regular follow up. ...Read more