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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


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Could you tell me what happens if you leave a benign tumor in your brain?

Could you tell me what happens if you leave a benign tumor in your brain?

Depends: Benign brain tumors include meningioma, vestibular schwannoma, and others. Treatment depends on a number of factors including patient preference and symptoms. In general if this tumor doesn't grow it won't cause additional problems but serial imaging would be required to make this determination, and many of these tumors are not particularly likely to shrink with treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a benign tumor in my brain. Should i consider surgery?

What to do if I have a benign tumor in my brain. Should i consider surgery?

Variable: Let's assume you have a meningioma. Usually followed by serial MRI's, and excised if it gets bigger or causes mass effects. At your age, many surgeons would recommend surgery, but cases vary and recommend a lengthy thorough discussion with an experienced neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Do you know are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Do you know are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Benign more: US incidence rate for primary brain and nervous system tumors in adults (aged 20 years or older) is estimated to be 27.4 per 100,000 persons.Approximately one-third of tumors are malignant and the remainder are benign or borderline malignant ...Read more

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Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Benigh tumors: Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells. Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used. ...Read more

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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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What can happen if a benign brain tumor goes untreated?

Depends: It depends on what type of benign brain tumor it is and where exactly it is located. Some benign tumors can be watched, but some require treatment. Please write back with more details about tumor type and location. ...Read more

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I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

Brain tumor: Treatment is based on the tumor type, location of the tumor and what potential effect that tumor might have on the patient. ...Read more

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I have a benign brain tumor--can it be dangerous at some point?

I have a benign brain tumor--can it be dangerous at some point?

IT DEPENDS: It depends what kind of tumor and where it is located, you have to ask this question from the neurologist or neuru surgeon who can answer this question to your satifaction as they have the facts and bipsy or pathology reports, and study of the scans and location of the tumor. ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Can docs please explain are benign brain tumors more or less common than malignant ones?

Benign more: US incidence rate for primary brain and nervous system tumors in adults (aged 20 years or older) is estimated to be 27.4 per 100,000 persons.Approximately one-third of tumors are malignant and the remainder are benign or borderline malignant ...Read more

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What can I do to address two benign brain tumors and a hole in the heart?

What can I do to address two benign brain tumors and a hole in the heart?

Depends...: You need to consult a neurosurgeon about the brain tumours. Depending on the location, size and growth rate it can either be watched or may have to be removed. As for the hole in the heart the majority close by themselves or are too small to cause much problems. However if it is large or poses the risk of blood clot or infection it may need to be closed by a catheter or open heart surgery. ...Read more

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The only difference in classifying a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor is the speed of it's growth. Is this really true?

The only difference in classifying a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor is the speed of it's growth. Is this really true?

Brain Tumor, B or M?: Definitive classification of a benign vs. Malignant brain tumor can only be made with absolute certainty based on the histologic features of the brain tumor. Speed of tumor growth may be suggestive but not reliable. A very low-grade malignant brain tumor may grow very slowly like the benign ones. Keep in mind, a biologically benign brain tumor can still cause serious damage given its location. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

Depends: Location and size of the tumor is usually very important even in expert hands. Make sure to pick a good surgeon. In good hands, risks can be minimized. There is always, risks, with any procedure, including brain surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign brain tumor and a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor?

What is the difference between a benign brain tumor and a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor?

Hard question: Any brain tumor can be malignant by position. Even if benign but in vital region is bad. A malignant metastasis may be easy to remove and cured by cure of the source. A primary malignant brain tumor may be easy to remove and cure or can be diffuse and impossible to remove or cure. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in somebody's brain? Are both deadly?

What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in somebody's brain?  Are both deadly?

Cell type; could be: The brain is a confined space. Therefore, even a benign tumor may cause pressure or grow in a way that it kills a person, even though it is benign. Malignant tumors are usually based on the cell type, the number of cells in division, and the presence of necrosis (cell death). The most common malignant tumor is a glioblastoma multiforme. However, metastatic tumors to the brain are common. ...Read more

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I want to ask,i had a brain surgery i had a benign tumor it was meningioma,is that possible to show up this tumor after couple of years?

I want to ask,i had a brain surgery i had a benign tumor it was meningioma,is that possible to show up this tumor after couple of years?

Know grade : The recurrence rate of a meningoma depends upon its WHO GRADE. if the original meningoma was Grade I recurrence is lower 25% and if it was Grade III recurrence rate can be as high as 90%. Check out what your specific Grade was and your neurosurgeon can educate you about the risk for recurrence. ...Read more

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Benign Tumor (Definition)

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 ...Read more