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What is a tumor that is cancerous called? And what is a medical term that means "to die"?

What is a tumor that is cancerous called? And what is a medical term that means "to die"?

Cancerous: Cancerous of course is a term itself, denoting...Cancer. Depending on the biopsy diagnosis, the cancer may be named by it's tissue diagnosis, for example basal cell cancer, or squamus cell cancer. Not all tumors are cancerous, etc. The biopsy will determine pathology. To expire, is a medical term referring to when a patient dies (the pt "expired" after a long fight with lung cancer). ...Read more

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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Whats 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?

Whats 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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What are the chances of a tumor not being cancerous?

What are the chances of a tumor not being cancerous?

Common: A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread. The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical exam, and x-ray findings. ...Read more

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Please describe the steps to seeing if a tumor is cancerous?

Please describe the steps to seeing if a tumor is cancerous?

Adequate biopsy: DX of malignancy is histologically based to define the nature and status of low or high grade. Immunologic studies help define the type of tumior is not obvious. One can if needed look into oncogene mutations such as p53 which helps control cell cycle. Newer mAbs can signify whether oncofetal proteins defining specific cancer are present. ...Read more

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Will cancer and tumors hurt?

Will cancer and tumors hurt?

Late: With a few exceptions (vascular leiomyoma, eccrine spiradenoma), tumors / cancers usually cause pain only late in their course when they damage bone or nerve or impinge on important structures. This is what makes them so treacherous. ...Read more

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Is an spts tumor in the pancreas cancerous?

Is an spts tumor in the pancreas cancerous?

Fatty infiltration: Fatty infiltration is just what it sounds like - excess fat within and around the pancreas. This condition is benign (not harmful, not cancerous) in the sense that it does not disrupt the normal pancreatic functions of making hormones and making digestive enzymes, plus it does not increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. If a person has fatty infiltration due to obesity, he should lose some weight. ...Read more

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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"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" ...Read more