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Doctor insights on: Benign Nasopharyngeal Tumors

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a nasopharyngeal tumor?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a nasopharyngeal tumor?

Scoping: If there are any symptoms of nasopharyngeal blockage or bleeding a nasal scoping passed down to the larynx will reveal the presence of such a lesion. So will a scan of the head and neck. If a lesion seen, biopsy should be performed to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Would a sinus X-ray likely show a nasopharyngeal tumor?

Would a sinus X-ray likely show a nasopharyngeal tumor?

It may or may not: The best way to check the Nasopharynx is through a physical examination by a ENT doctor. They can look inside with light and biopsy any suspected area. The tumor can be easily verified with a CT scan or MRI of the Nasopharynx. ...Read more

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Had CT scan because of headaches and prior head trauma. Results "soft tissue thickening in nasopharynx, has slowly been increasing". Tumor, adnoids?

Had CT scan because of headaches and prior head trauma. Results "soft tissue thickening in nasopharynx, has slowly been increasing". Tumor, adnoids?

Nasopharynx: How do you know it "has slowly been increasing"? How many CT scans have you had? Clearly your HA is not related to this "mass" since the HA started after trauma. You need an ENT nasopharyngeal scope and possibly biopsy if it looks suspicious. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors benign?

Are carcinoid tumors benign?

No: Carcinoid tumors are not benign. They are typically (but not always) slower growing than other tumors. They can spread if not found and therefore should be removed. ...Read more

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Benign tumors stays benign forever?

Benign tumors stays benign forever?

Depends on type: Most benign tumors stay benign. There are certain benign tumors that care rarely progress into a malignant growth. ...Read more

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Where can I go to treat a benign tumor?

Where can I go to treat a benign tumor?

To your doctor: Benign tumors are treated by surgeons. So go see a surgeon. You family doctor or PCP can find a surgeon for you if you first see him/her or make contact by phone ...Read more

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Describe the features of a benign tumor.?

Describe the features of a benign tumor.?

Location and type: Benign means it is not a cancer but features would depend on tumor type and location. Need additional information. ...Read more

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Do benign tumors arise by transformation?

Do benign tumors arise by transformation?

Yes: All tumors arise from normal pre existing cells that have undergone some form of transformation. Several oncogenes are turned on to present the benign as well as malignant lesion with immortality. In the case of the malignant tumor additional changes allow for matrix metalloproteinase to be produced to dissolve walls of blood vessels for metastasis and convert e-cadherin to small e cad. ...Read more

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How are can you detect benign liver tumors?

How are can you detect benign liver tumors?

Biopsy: First you must know you have a liver tumor. This could be discovered by ultrasound, cat scan or mri. Some of these x-ray findings can diagnose benign tumors. Other liver tumors will need biopsy in order to prove whether or not they are benign or not. ...Read more

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Could benign tumors grow back within 3 weeks?

Occassionally: When a benign tumor is completely resected with margins it won't recurr. While such growths won't metastasize to distant sites, if incompletely removed they can recur within a few weeks of removal but not to the original size. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans and desmoid tumors of the abdominal wall are frequently seen to recur if margins of resection are involved. ...Read more

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What is the most common form of benign tumors?

What is the most common form of benign tumors?

Mesodermal in origin: The most common tumor that is benign and virtually remains benign is the lipoma. These increase in number with age. Fibromas are similarly benign and remain as such though in going up the fibrous ladder, the fibromatosis are always benign such as plantar fibromatosis and dermatofibromas. Neuromas of peripheral nerves are also common and remain benign. ...Read more

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How frequently are tumors on the pancreas benign?

How frequently are tumors on the pancreas benign?

Small %: The majority of pancreatic tumors arise in the intraductal structures and then invade. These are the high grade carcinomas. A small group areise from the islets of Langerhans and most of them are benign. Benign cyst adenomas are also occasionally found. One has to make sure that a beinign lesion is not one that converts to the malignant component. ...Read more

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How much danger is associated with a benign tumor?

How much danger is associated with a benign tumor?

Depends on location: Although a benign tumor will not metastasize (i.e. will not spread to other parts of the body) it can grow and encroach on other body parts adjacent to it. Benign tumors can be serious if they press on vital structures such as blood vessels or nerves. That would be the only significant danger. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: benign tumor?

What is the definition or description of: benign tumor?

"Growth": A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). 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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How often do tumors on the pancreas end up being benign?

How often do tumors on the pancreas end up being benign?

Lots are benign: Tumors of the pancreas are often benign, and often just cysts. It really takes a specialized team to be able to determine tumors/cysts are benign and can be followed without surgical removal and which require further evaluation and potentially surgical removal. CT scans, MRI scans, and endoscopic ultrasound are the most common tests to make this determination. ...Read more

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Why do I have benign tumors in random places in my body?

Why do I have benign tumors in random places in my body?

Usually lipomas: Lipomas usually single at the beginning but eventually become multifocal in subcutaneous areas of the body. There is a growth factor that is released (FGF- 1) that stimulates appearance of growths. In vonRecklinghausens disease multiple neurofibromas develop over the skin from head to foot. In both situations, lipoma and neurofibroma if progression noted we see liposarcomas and neuroSa. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

Ability to spread: "malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient.

"benign" means unlikely to spread and/or grows slowly (indolent), although it may have the ability to come back (locally recur) after surgical removal or treatment, usually in the same place or near where it started. Less of a threat to patient. ...Read more

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Anyone have digestive issues with benign peritoneal tumors?

Would be reasonable: Someone could very well have digestive issues if there were any type of peritoneal tumors. ...Read more

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Will benign tumors grow and become serious later on in life?

They can: One example of a benign tumor that can grow and cause trouble is a meningioma. It can grow and compress the brain, sometimes leading to death. However, many benign tumors can be successfully removed surgically. ...Read more

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Could benign tumors grow and become serious later on in life?

Could benign tumors grow and become serious later on in life?

Terminology issues: The term malignant is used to describe a tumor known to spread to ; damage tissues ; organs to the point death is possible. Benign tumors are less worrisome. They tend not to spread, but someone may have many individual ones. Their location ; growth may produce problems for the patient. Transformation to a malignancy in unheard of for some benign lesions and rare for others. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could benign tumors grow back within 3 weeks?

Benign tumors: Depending on what benign tumor you are talking about, tumors can start to grow back. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a benign tumor to grow?

How long is it supposed to it take for a benign tumor to grow?

It depends on what I: Benign tumors typically do not grow. But it depends on where it is located and what does your doctor think it is? A careful physical examination by your doctor is necessary to be sure that it is indeed benign as it is often difficult to tell the difference beween benign and malignant (this one grows in size as you watch it). I would be cautious and seek a second opinion and request an imaging test. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if a benign tumor starts to hurt or twinge?

Should I be worried if a benign tumor starts to hurt or twinge?

Possibly.: Benign tumors do not spread to distant sites. However they can grow and cause local issues. If the growth begins to cause pain it may be causing local damage due to its size. Recommend that you see your primary md for further evaluation. Even benign tumors sometimes need to be removed. ...Read more

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What does benign mean for a tumor? I thought tumors were cancer.

What does benign mean for a tumor? I thought tumors were cancer.

Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a benign and malignant tumor?

What is the main difference between a benign and malignant tumor?

How they act: Malignant tumors can grow locally and destroy other tissues but can also spread distantly. Benign tumors can grow locally and can cause symptoms if they enlarge but do not spread to distant organs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do benign ovarian tumors have the same symptoms as malignant ones?

Do benign ovarian tumors have the same symptoms as malignant ones?

May be some overlap: When a pelvic mass or tumor is diagnosed a detailed process, or workup is involved to determine whether it is benign or malignant, often culminating in surgery. It can be difficult to distinguish benign and malignant tumors of the ovaries at times, it varies depending on the type of tumor. Consultation with gynecologic oncology is usually recommended in challenging cases. ...Read more

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What's a tumor that is considered benign? I thought tumors were cancer

What's a tumor that is considered benign? I thought tumors were cancer

Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill. ...Read more

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I have a benign liver tumor. Is there anything I should avoid consuming?

I have a benign liver tumor. Is there anything I should avoid consuming?

Close observation: Benign tumors proven by biopsy could be observed, by ct scans. If they are growing rapidly need to be removed for fear of rupture of liver. ...Read more