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Can benign tumors become fatal?

Can benign tumors become fatal?

Not usually.: By definition a benign tumor is not aggressive, slow growing, will not spread to other sites, but could cause harm to surrounding tissues. So a benign brain tumor or heart tumor could eventually become life threatening if it was ignored, but that would be a very unusual turn of events. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


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Could benign tumors still kill you?

Could benign tumors still kill you?

Yes: Benign tumors, especially in the brain , can kill you as they can grow and damage adjacent brain or cause increased pressure on the brain. Benign lung or GI tumors can cause obstructive pneumonia or bowel obstruction with dire consequences. Benign tumors in virtually any organ can cause irreparable damage if growth is unchecked or the tumors are not removed. Expert consultation is important. ...Read more

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Would a benign tumor have a blood supply?

Yes: Any existing tissue in the body will have some source of nourishment (blood supply) or it would disappear. ...Read more

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Do benign tumors turn into malignant tumors?

Do benign tumors turn into malignant tumors?

A few do: Almost all colon cancer arise in colonic polyps which start out as benign tumors. However, vast majority of benign tumor do not become malignant, e.g., moles and uterine leiomyomas. ...Read more

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What is a benign tumor of cartilage known as?

Chondroma: For themost part chondromas are benign. However the position of the lesion which usually results from excess stimulation of growth hormone is important. The more peripheral the lesion is in terms of centricity, the chance is that the tumor will not have an aggressive behavior. If the lesion occurs around the pelvic girdle rather than distal extremity, it can behave aggressively. ...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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Were benign tumors possibly malignant at one time?

Possible, not likely: Benign tumors can turn malignant but malignant tumors would rarely, if ever, (i never say never!) become benign except as a result of total tumor destruction by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Although all tumor is killed, there can be a residual smaller mass because of scar and other tissue. Such a "benign" tumor could sit stable for years and then regrow from residual "dormant" tumor cells. ...Read more

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Do benign tumors always turn into malignant tumors?

Do benign tumors always turn into malignant tumors?

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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Does someone go through chemotherapy for a benign tumor?

Does someone go through chemotherapy for a benign tumor?

No: Chemotherapy is not recommended for benign lesions. The major reason is that the chemo is direacted to various regions of the cancer cell to interfer in metabolic pathways by altering gere and nuclear DNA function. Even when optimally functioning because of toxicity and additional side effects use should be limited. Malignant stem cells resistent to chemo regrow to reappear in original field. ...Read more

Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Adenoma (Definition)

Adenoma is a term for a harmless tumor of gland tissue, including glands found in the intestines, kidney, ...Read more