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Benign Tumor (Overview)

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.


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How does a benign tumor growth differ from a malignant tumor?

How does a benign tumor growth differ from a malignant tumor?

One spreads: Contrary to malignant tumor , benign tumor , growth ( division ) is less rapid, confined , contained , do not spread , both have their own distinct individual, histological appearances, the expert, the pathologist can distinguish , one from other. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Benign Tumor (Overview)

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.


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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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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more

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Can a diagnosed benign tumor be found to be cancerous after it's removed?

Yes: When one removes a tumor, it is examined by the pathologists under the microscope. In addition, special stains are performed on the tissue to assess whether the tumor might be malignant. So, in certain instances, something that was thought to be benign, may, in fact, be a malignant cancer. ...Read more

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Malignant tumors shows metastasis but benign tumor not. How do I know if I have a benign tumor?

Benign tumor?: Although benign tumors can be observed and do not normally metastasize, the best way to confirm is to have a biopsy. ...Read more

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What can cause a benign tumor in thethin bone in upper arm?

What can cause a benign tumor in thethin bone in upper arm?

It happens: They just happen in many cases. Some run in families (genetic). Symptoms can be from growth of the tumor or irritation of nerves and other structures nearby. Sometimes they are found when the bone breaks for bone weakness from the tumor. In other cases they are found when a person is evaluated for another problem. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when a benign tumor starts shedding skin?

What exactly does it mean when a benign tumor starts shedding skin?

Not certain of ?: Skin, made up of epidermis, can be found in benign tumor, such as a teratoma, epidermal inclusion cyst, branchial cleft anomalies, etc. So, I am not sure if you mean the tumor is producing the skin, or if you mean skin overlying the tumor is shed. If the latter, that may mean the tumor is growing and cutting off blood supply to the overlying skin--causing it to slough. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where can I go to treat a benign tumor that nobody else will treat?

Confusing question: Why would you ever want treatment for a benign condition? If the word tumor bothers you, have your doc explain what benign means. In short, you can die of natural causes a hundred years from now and the tumor not be a factor. Any such treatment would potentially expose you to more risk and financial loss than leaving it alone. ...Read more

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Treatment of benign tumor of pelvic bone of74 years old patient?

Depends on the tumor: Some tumors can cause pain or have a risk of fracture, in which case treatment with surgery may be needed. Most benign bone tumors can simply be observed. ...Read more

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I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

Narrowing of the: field of exposure with radiation treatment is done to minimize the risk of side effects of treatment. Yes there is increased risk of thyroid tumors, other brain tumors and brain infarcts (stroke). You should review your situation with the doctors ( radiation oncologist especially) Each situation requires weighing the potential risks vs benefits. ...Read more

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Can my pituitary gland regrow after surgery and 20 weeks of radiation? I had a pituitary resection of a benign tumor and it recurred and then was given 20 weeks of radiation to get rid of it. After a long time of taking meds and leaving for a massive hurr

Can my pituitary gland regrow after surgery and 20 weeks of radiation? I had a pituitary resection of a benign tumor and it recurred and then was given 20 weeks of radiation to get rid of it. After a long time of taking meds and leaving for a massive hurr

I : I hope you did not have 20 weeks of radiation! that would be a lot. Standard radiation treatments for pituitary tumors generally consist of 25 - 30 treatments over 5-6 weeks depending on the type of pituitary tumor. Occasionally, between one and five treatments are given using something called radiosurgery. Usually pituitary function only gets worse over time after radiation and we do not expect people to have a spontaneous recovery of pituitary function on their own. Are you sure that your levels were not in a low-normal range after the radiation and that you might not have needed all the supplements to begin with? If somehow your pituitary did recover, there is no guarantee that it will continue to function normally and in fact most doctors would expect that function would decrease over time. After discussing this further with your endocrinologist, most people would probably continue checking their hormone levels once or twice a year so that supplements could be restarted if they start going down. ...Read more

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What would be my cancer risk after having a benign tumor removed along with the ovary it was on?

What would be my cancer risk after having a benign tumor removed along with the ovary it was on?

Probably normal: Depending on what the benign tumor was. It is likely that you are at no increased risk compared to anyone else. ...Read more

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How should you address an odontoma (benign tumor)?

Remove it: In general, these should be removed. They can continue to grow and can damage or cause other teeth to shift. This is a benign tumor but it should be removed. ...Read more

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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.?

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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Could benign tumors grow back within 3 weeks?

Occassionally: When a benign tumor is completely resected with margins it wont recurr. While such growths wont 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

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