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Benign Neoplasm Of Colon
"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
What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!
Cecal neoplasm: What is the histology? Lipoma, mucocele, carcinoid. In general though individuals with lesions due have a higher propensity for cancer. You likely will need continued surveillance colonoscopy with evaluation of the cecum. The tumor that was identified was small and surveillance/monitoring will detect lesions before cancer occurs. F/u/ w/ gastroenterologist ...Read more
Yep! They can!: Benign neoplasms are non-cancerous growths. They can show up anywhere, kind of like moles. We tend to get more of them as we age. Usually they don't cause problems, unless they are big and pressing on something important (like your brain). It's a fancy word for a lump or bump that's not cancer. ...Read more
Non-cancerous growth: Benign means non-cancerous, and neoplasm means new growth. So you have a growth on your kidney that is not cancerous. If this was diagnosed by an imaging test (cat scan), you might need a biopsy in the future. You might need follow-up scans. But a benign neoplasm does not need to come out, unless it grows over time. And no, it won't take over your kidney! (now hopefully you can sleep tonight!). ...Read more
Good question: And difficult to tell sometimes. The most straightforward way to put it is that a benign neoplasm will never turn into an invasive malignancy within your lifetime. Cis will eventually turn into one. But, because we don't live forever, cis might not turn into a malignancy during one's lifetime anyway. Pathologists can usually, but not always, tell the difference by microscopic cell exam. ...Read more
What are the chances that a "soft tissue benign neoplasm" on my pinky finger will grow big enough to cause my pinky finger to be dysfunctional?
Up to you: Chance is small as you would notice it and would go to seek for medical attention if you start having more problem with it. It is in your finger so it is easily to be seen. ...Read more
My sister had a benign neoplasm of the thyroid. Is it possible that benign neoplasms run in the family?
Yes, possible: Hi. The genetics of benign thyroid adenomas is not understood. More is known about genes associated with thyroid malignancies, and there are a multitude of genes that can be associated with the cancers. But like any phenotype (benign adenoma, in this case), the phenotype is a result of interaction between genes and environmental factors. So yes, it's possible (but not probable in my experience). ...Read more
Malignant neoplasm of the colon is a medical term for colon cancer. There is no one single known cause of colon cancer, but certain things may put you at risk such as:
-age (over 60)
-family history of colon cancer
-history of other cancers (breast especially)
-specific genetic syndromes like familial adenomatous polyposis (fap) or lynch syndrome
-history of inflammatory bowel disease
-drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or eating red meat and highly processed foods
colon cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or any combination of the three. Treatment depends on molecular testing of the tumor to determine what type you have and how aggressive it is along with what stage it is. I've attached a website below that explains colon cancer in more depth and may answer any additional questions you have. Good luck! ...Read more
What sorts of foods should a person eat or avoid following an operation to take out a colon tumor?
It can: If a tumor enlarges it can lead to an obstruction. If the obstruction persists, than a perforation can occur. Also it not necessarily the size of the tumor, it is how far it penetrates through the bowel wall. Another important reason to have a colonoscopy when needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more
If one were to experience thin stool due to a colon tumor, could the stool return to normal or would it stay thin or keep getting thinner and thinner?
Yes normal most of t: Stool will be normal most of the time, when entire colon is removed will have soft liquid stool ...Read more
It might: A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis with IV and oral contrast may show a colon tumor, but not always. Ct colonography is a relatively new technique that is not performed everywhere, but it is better than standard ct scans for detecting colon cancer. Currently, colonoscopy is still the best way to evaluate the colon for cancer. ...Read more
Contained: No evidence of invasive carcinoma on the pathology report for colon cancer means that the cancer appears to be contained and has not spread, such as into the muscle layer of the colon and beyond. This should imply a higher likelihood for cure if one follows the recommendations of one's oncologist. ...Read more
If a liver met is ablated and there is a aortocaval node, primary colon tumor already removed. How many yrs can a person survive?
Enormously variable: No one can say with certainty how long an individual will live. Statistics are available for AVERAGES. (Consider:the average Briton has one testicle.) Usually I advise "ask your doctor, " but even your doctor can't answer this. ...Read more
If somone has pencil thin stools due to colon tumor would obstruction relieve itself so that stool becomes thicker some other days?
Can colon cancer is it bad if a aortocaval node contains a met? The primary colon tumor is removed already. What is best treatment here?
Mets are bad: Metastasis of any kind are a bad sign, because it indicates that the disease has spread. Metastatic disease may be treated with radiation or chemotherapy, but this will depend on specific patient factors. Solitary metastasis to the lungs or liver are sometimes removed surgically, but aortocaval nodes are probably too risky. ...Read more
My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?
An excellent website:
I am sorry to hear your news. You obviously have been going through a lot. The nih has an excellent, patient friendly website with info about this. See:
the site goes on to discuss treatment. He is most likely looking at chemotherapy. Your oncologist should be able to help with the details. Good luck to you both. ...Read more
Multiple foci of extramural vascular invasion. What does this mean exactly in colon cancer pathological report after colon tumor was removed?
Spread out side: The muscle of colon into serosa, or outer most part of colon ...Read more
Confussed. Colon tumor. All scans clear so no metastases. Operation march. Sept scan reveals a liver met. Does this mean escaped cells?
Most likely: This depends on many factors. This is true for type of tumor and where located on or in the colon. If your doctors believe it is a metastasis then "escaped " cells is a way to explain it. It is also important to be sure it is the only visible metastasis for planning therapy. ...Read more
Unlikely: Colon and appendix are located quite deeply in your abdomen. So you can not feel any growth arising from there unless it become very large and it has been neglected and allowed to grow unchecked for many years. ...Read more
Fobt says status-final result, colon cancer. All 3 positive (A). Can fobt detect cancer? Also says neoplasm. Expedited colonoscopy in a few days...
Depends on location.: Even benign tumors (those with no potential to spread) can cause serious problems. The side-effects are related to where the tumor is located. A small benign tumor in the brain can have significant effects; a small tumor on the vocal cords can effect the voice, etc. ...Read more
Ying and Yang.: A group of "new" growth cells that grow independently from normal tissue cells that are surrounding them. Benign neoplasms are typically slow growing, encapsulated and well differentiated. Benign neoplasms do not exhibit the classic signs that malignant neoplasms do, namely invasiveness, metastasis and poor cellular differentiation. ...Read more
Genome destabilized: The key to cancer is that enough mutations have accumulated to render the genome itself unstable. Eventually a clone will acquire the ability to invade and spread. We can pick this up using molecular biology techniques. They also look different, but it takes a pathologist several years to learn to tell all the subtleties. ...Read more
Small and about 5%: Other than for congenital polyposis the majority of lesions arise in a field effect initiated by the polyoma virus. Contrary to the belief that adenomatous polyps convert to malignant polyps and then Ca this occurs in about 5 % of pts. 95% arise from premalignant cells in the viral or carcinogen field. ...Read more
Sort of the same: An adenomatous polyp is not cancer so by definition is "benign" although it harbors the potential of becoming malignant with time. Not all benign polyps are adenomatous. Some are just plain polyps with little or no malignant potential. So, adenomatous polyps are benign but not all benign polyps are adenomatous. ...Read more
Please tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?
Very rare: Cysts of the colon are extremely rare. Most when found are in the mesentery or supportive structure of the bowel. in even rarer instances as with polyps detected by colonoscopy, lymphatic cysts that have developed and appear in region where polyps found are removed by colonoscopy. They are rare, benign and reportable when found. ...Read more
Can you tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?
Yes: Colon polyps predisposes to development of cancer, needs regular endoscopic removal and examination for cancer cells. Some of these polyp conditions runs in the family (familial adenomatous polyposis), then all the family members need to be examined march is colorectal cancer prevention month see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?
A group of "new" growth cells that grow independently from normal tissue cells that are surrounding them. Benign neoplasms are typically slow growing, encapsulated and well differentiated. Benign neoplasms do not exhibit the classic signs that malignant neoplasms do, namely invasiveness, metastasis ...Read more
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