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Are cancerous ovarian tumors fast or slow growing?

Are cancerous ovarian tumors fast or slow growing?

Neither: Ovarian cancer is rather aggressive in nature and grows fast (although not as fast as other aggressive tumor types). Treatment is initially with surgical resection to minimal disease followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. ...Read more

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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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Are benign tumors malignant when they are growing bigger in size?

Are benign tumors malignant when they are growing bigger in size?

No: Small tumors can be malignant, and tend to grow and spread if left untreated. Benign tumors can also grow, and somtimes get big because of lack of symptoms. Only way to tell benign from malignant is to look at cells under microscope. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are benign tumors malignant when they are growing?

Please tell me, are benign tumors malignant when they are growing?

Benign tumors: Benign tumors can and do grow, and some benign tumors have potential to become malignant. Just because a benign tumor is growing doesn't mean it is malignant. However, best to see your doctor to figure out whether a tumor is benign or malignant. ...Read more

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Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Mostly benign: Most dermis cyst are bening that been said due to there high content of fat they make ovaries prone to torsion. Close follow up should be taken. ...Read more

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Yes: Benign tumors do in fact grow but rather slowly , compared to malignant tumors. The main difference is that benign tumors will not kill you. If left untrated malignant tumors will eventualy kill you some sooner and others a little later . How fast they grow will determine how soon. Hope that helps you ...Read more

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Are complex liver cyst always cancerous?

Are complex liver cyst always cancerous?

No: Complex liver cysts are typically not cancer. Cancer often has a different picture on ct or MRI of the liver. Cysts are common findings in patients, and can involve the liver or kidney. ...Read more

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What percent of dentigerous cysts are cancerous?

What percent of dentigerous cysts are cancerous?

Small percent.: Most dentigerous cysts are benign. If the cyst is completely removed, then you should be cured. Rare secondary cancers can arise in incompletely excised cysts. ...Read more

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Are there medications that shrink ovarian cysts?

Are there medications that shrink ovarian cysts?

Likely no.: I am not aware of medications that can shrink ovarian cysts. Many cysts, however, may resolve on their own. Birth control pills may reduce the chance of developing new cysts in the future. ...Read more

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Have cysts that are dermoid cysts in ovaries, what are the dangers of these cysts and can they become cancerous and how do they develop?

Have cysts that are dermoid cysts in ovaries, what are the dangers of these cysts and can they become cancerous and how do they develop?

Dermoid: They can grow very large, then rupture or torse. They are benign tumors (mature teratoma, ) they are not cancerous but complications are still possible if untreated. There is no short answer to how they develop, surgery is always the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Yes: However, they do not have any particular consistency that reliably identify them. Definite lumps, whether palpated or identified on any of the breast studies should usually be biopsied. Lumps that grow quickly and are sensitive may be only cysts and can be drained if necessary. ...Read more

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If both benign and malignant tumours are formed by abnormal cell division, what makes malignant tumours cancerous and benign tumours non-cancerous?

Power to invade: Tumors are in fact caused by the accumulation of a series of genetic mutations. If something is going to be cancer, the mutations destabilize the genome and eventually mutations give the ability of the cells to invade and spread as they do early after conception. The idea that tumors are "cells dividing too rapidly" is fundamentally wrong and confusing -- it's the loss of controls. ...Read more

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Do ovarian cancer csts grow slow or fast?

Do ovarian cancer csts grow slow or fast?

Depends : Ovarian cancer can be of various types and even within those different types the tumor can behave differently in different individuals and hence grow slow or at a more fast/aggressive rate. ...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

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Does having triple negative breast cancer tumors mean that they are slow growing tumors?

Does having triple negative breast cancer tumors mean that they are slow growing tumors?

The opposite is true: Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by absent expression of the estrogen receptor [er], Progesterone receptor [pr], and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (her2). These cancers tend to behave more aggressively (grow faster) than other types of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can complex cysts in breasts become cancerous?

Can complex cysts in breasts become cancerous?

Yes sometimes: Most cysts are benign and remain so. Occasionally Cancer can grow from inside a cyst. So it the cysts in getting bigger, it is a good idea to get it excised and check it out microscopically. ...Read more

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Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Yes, both.: Gallbladder "polyps" may be true polypoid lesions or cholesterolosis, related to fats in the gallbladder wall. Both lesions can "grow". If significant polypoid disease is found on ultrasound, most surgeons recommend cholecystectomy, as there is a small, but real, chance of true polyps becoming adenocarcinoma over time. ...Read more

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Are all ovarian cyst considered to be padunculated?

Are all ovarian cyst considered to be padunculated?

No: Pedunculated means that the structure is connected to the main structure by a stalk. Most ovarian cysts are incorporated into the ovary. The majority of cysts will come and go, but you should discuss your situation with your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the average/typical size of ovarian tumors that are cancerous?

Size is not criteria: Benign cysts could be huge , malignant ovarian tumors could be very small , so size is not the criteria . Go for regular gyn examinations , sonograms if indicated and follow your doctors advise . ...Read more

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Are all rapid growing mole like bumps cancerous? Or can benign lumps grow very fast and turn out to be nothing?

Are all rapid growing mole like bumps cancerous? Or can benign lumps grow very fast and turn out to be nothing?

No, yes: Not all rapid growing mole-like bumps are cancerous. Some benign lumps grow very fast & turn out to be nothing. The problem is we can't tell until we perform biopsy & send sample to pathologist to look at under microscope. ...Read more

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3.2x2.8cm complex ovarian cyst didn't show on us but did on MRI 1wk later. Does this mean it grew that fast between the tests? Terrified of cancer!

3.2x2.8cm complex ovarian cyst didn't show on us but did on MRI 1wk later. Does this mean it grew that fast between the tests? Terrified of cancer!

No: Could be that ovary was behind another structure or you ovulated a corpus luteum showed up on the mri. Wait 2-3 cycle and have us repeated during your period to asses your cyst. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst dissolve and be cancerous?

I do not understand: I do not understand what you mean from a cyst getting dissoved!. Yes the cyst can have cancer in it if it is big enough and is multilocular, with internal growth. A ct scan or ultrasound of the ovaries can help to make adistinction between benign versus maligmant ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, does that mean it is a cancerous cyst?

I'm just wondering, if you have symptoms of an ovarian cyst, does that mean it is a cancerous cyst?

No: Most ovarian cysts are benign and you needn't worry. Most ovarian cysts are small and are only felt intermittantly as pain. At your age, the chances of cancer are very small unless you have a strong family history of ovarian and/or breast cancer. Ultrasound are good at detecting the type of cyst you have, so ask your doctor for one if you're worried. ...Read more

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Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.

Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.

Yes it can: Complex cysts can be cancerous depending on their size and rate of growth. A CA125 test can help decide its nature. Ultrasound is a good test to measure increase in size and also may show any solid components inside the cyst. You should get the ultrasound repeated in 3-4 months and have your gynecologist guide you further. You may need surgical removal if it is causing you much pain or increased s ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ovarian cysts/cancer?

Early on none...: Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include: abdominal bloating, pelvic discomfort or pain, persistent indigestion or nausea, changes in bowel habits such as constipation, changes in bladder habits including a frequent need to urinate, loss of appetite or quickly feeling full, increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist. Early in the course there many be no symptoms. ...Read more

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Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Could I have an ovarian cysts or ovarian cancer?

Maybe: If a female has questionable ovarian pathology a pelvic exam is useful because ovaries can be palpated for the most part. If noted, workup should continue. A pelvic sonogram can also tell whether a simple or complex cyst is present or a solid lesion of ovary is present and that laparoscopic removal is needed. ...Read more

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Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

Can benign ovarian cyst turn into cancer?

No: I qualify that saying anything possible in medicine. Benign means just that. There are pre cancerous lesions so one has to be careful when telling a pt something is benign. If your doc is careful he will never say benign if there is some even remote possibility of cancer later. That is the way i practiced anyway. I hope whoever said that to you is careful!. Always be vigilant watching it! ...Read more

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Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Benign ovarian cyst can turn into cancer?

Not likely: Do you know that the cyst is benign? It not possible to know that without removing the cyst and having it examined by a pathologist. Benign and malignant cysts may look the same on imaging. Bening cysts do not turn into malignant ones, and certainly not once those are removed. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

How can I distinguish between ovarian cyst or cancer!?

Can be difficult: Although imaging studies like ultrasound and ct are helpful sometimes the only way to rule out cancer is to undergo surgery. We are pretty good at figuring out which cysts need surgery right away compared with those that we can watch and see if they resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Is that possible to have ovarian cyst or cancer while I'm on Pill? I have thought OC reduces the risk.

Is that possible to have ovarian cyst or cancer while I'm on Pill? I have thought OC reduces the risk.

Possible: Ovarian cysts are quite common and often harmless. Pill does not prevent the development of ovarian cancer, even if it may help in reducing the incidence on a population basis. ...Read more

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They says i ve ovarian cyst. Does it kill if its not cancerous and how is it determind that its cancerous?

Biopsy: Non-cancerous ovarian cysts are unlikely to be a cause of death; very rarely one will bleed or otherwise cause death, but this is most unusual. Whether a cyst is benign or malignant (cancer) is best determined by a pathologist examining the tissue after it is biopsied or removed at the best judgment of the treating physician. ...Read more

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Its saying I have symptoms of ovarian cyst cancer and i've have pain for four years now .Do I have the chance ?

Its saying I have symptoms of ovarian cyst cancer and i've have pain for four years now .Do I have the chance ?

Unlikely: Having " ovarian cyst cancer " for four years is unlikely diagnosis, ovarian cancers do not have any symptoms in early stages, please see your gyn doctor, after examination and tests (sono , pap ) etc will take away your fear of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the signs of an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer?

Abdominal swelling: Small ovarian cyts are asymptomatic. When they convert to a malignancy the cyst has markedly increased in size. The malignant lesion if unrecognized spreads to omentum because of TGF-B. A large mass filling upper abdomen develops and induces formation of ascites filling the abdomen with fluid. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer vs. Those for ovarian cysts?

Worsenin vs sporadic: Symptoms of ovarian cysts which burst tend to be sporadic/cyclical.There may be intense sharp right or left lower abdominal/pelvic pain, occurring around 14 days after the first day of one's cycle.Other types of ovar. Cysts which grow and do not burst may behave similarly to ovarian ca (bloating, pain w/ sex, frequent urination, lower abd pressure).Tests may be done by doc to distinguish btwn the 2. ...Read more

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Can a cystic tumour be cancerous? 27cm septated ovarian cyst. Thanks

Can a cystic tumour be cancerous? 27cm septated ovarian cyst.  Thanks

Yes: It can. It would be helpful to know your age and history to comment further. Septated cysts are also a malignancy risk but there are septated benign tumors too. Do you mean 27 cm or 27 mm? The smaller one 27 mm is fairly low risk regardless; if you mean the larger (27 cm) the risk is correspondingly higher. I hope this helps, good wishes. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more