Top
10
Doctor insights on: Benign Vs Cancerous Tumor

Share
1

1
Any statistics relating to the relative frequency of benign kidney nodules vs. cancerous kidney tumors? I have a 'nodule' - seeing urologist next wk

Any statistics relating to the relative frequency of benign kidney nodules vs. cancerous kidney tumors?  I have a 'nodule'  - seeing urologist next wk

It's moot: You either have cancer or you don't. We're going to find out. The radiologist can second-guess; even I can spot the obviously-benign and obviously-malignant ones. So sharing a number would be meaningless, since I don't know what yours looks like. What I can share is that a good majority of those picked up incidentally are very curable if managed appropriate and on time. A week's delay is okay. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen
4,223 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


2

2
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

3

3
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

4

4
What to do if i know benign means non cancerous, but can the tumor do any harm?

What to do if i know benign means non cancerous, but can the tumor do any harm?

Yep: A tumor may be benign but still can grow and put pressure on vital organs and structures. ...Read more

5

5
Can there be any way to tell if a tumor is benign or cancerous without a biopsy?

Can there be any way to tell if a tumor is benign or cancerous without a biopsy?

Not absolutely: Any surgeon with any experience has been surprised many times by tumors, sometimes in a good way, others in a bad way. You need tissue evaluation of a mass to be absolutely sure. Good luck. ...Read more

6

6
What is the percentage of lung tumors being benign vs cancerous?

What is the percentage of lung tumors being benign vs cancerous?

Details matter: Many lung nodules are benign. This will depend on were you live. Lung nodules can be granulomas, infections, fungal infections, benign growths such as hamartomas, and finally cancerous. It is important to have either serial imaging or a biopsy if a lung nodule is found. There are currently guidelines for this that a pulmonary medicine specialist or thoracic surgeon should follow. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Hello docs, is a benign tumor considered cancerous?

Hello docs, is a benign tumor considered cancerous?

No: Benign tumor (non-malignant, non-cancerous tumors) can grow at many body sites. Tumors that are benign do not have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. In some instances benign tumors can cause health problems by growing to large sizes and pressing on adjacent structures such as nerves and blood vessels. It would be good to discuss your concerns with a physician. ...Read more

10

10
Possible for benign tumors on the skull turn cancerous?

Possible for benign tumors on the skull turn cancerous?

Generally no: Benign tumors generally do not turn into malignant ones, having said that, there are enough exceptions that it is difficult to be specific without knowing what type of benign tumor on the skull you have in mind. ...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