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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read more

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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


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What is intraductual papillary mucinous neoplasm.

Terminology: A tumor that is confined to the ducts of the organ and is making mucus. Such neoplasms are not cancers in the traditional sense, but may exist with cancer and may be precancerous. ...Read more

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Are astrocytomas benign or malignant?

Are astrocytomas benign or malignant?

Astrocytomas: Astrocytomas are most common malignant brain tumors. ...Read more

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Is fibroangiomatouspolyp considered a malignant or benign tumour?

Is fibroangiomatouspolyp considered a malignant or benign tumour?

Benign: The name is for a benign tumor. It matters where the tumor is located as it may still cause problems. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with the pathologist who made the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What characteristics malignant tumor?

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What characteristics malignant tumor?

Malignant tumor: The characteristics of malignant tumor is that it has a capacity to invade to the adjacent structures and to spread/metastasize to distant organ. Benign tumor will not invade and will not spread. ...Read more

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Could benign tumors become malignant?

Could benign tumors become malignant?

Depends on situation: There is a middle ground between the common idea of benign (never harmful) and malignant (always harmful). Conditions like tuberous sclerosis can generate tumors that become destructive because of there location, like in the brain or heart. They don't have to travel there like some cancers, they can just pop up anywhere ; interfere with normal tissue. ...Read more

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Could non-malignant tumours become malignant?

Could non-malignant tumours become malignant?

Yes: Many benign tumors are known to convert to malignancy and are carefully watched and not subject to treatment ie giant cell tumor of bone that is radiated will convert. Benign lipomas as they grow may be found to convert to liposarcoma and Pagets of bone is known to convert to Pagets sarcoma.Thyroid adenomas also have a high rate of conversion. ...Read more

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Cn thyroid scan diffrentiate between benign n malignant follicular neoplsm?

Cn thyroid scan diffrentiate between benign n malignant follicular neoplsm?

Needs biopsy: Thyroid scan can show nodules, either active (hot) or non active (cold). If larger than 1 cm. usually are biopsied for determination whether benign or malignant. ...Read more

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What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

Usually malignant: Malignant tumors tend to spread all over the body. Benign tumors tend to spread locally. If a benign tumor is in a bad place, then local spread can be very serious. You can't always ignore a tumor just because it is benign. ...Read more

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Is malignant histiocytoma hereditary?

Is malignant histiocytoma hereditary?

MFH: Malignant fibrous histiocytoma is an umbrella term used to describe a range of more specific sarcomas. Although many of these tumors have unique cytogenetic profiles, they are largely not hereditary. ...Read more

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Is benign adnexal skin tumor compatible with eccrine poroma cancerous?

Is benign adnexal skin tumor compatible with eccrine poroma cancerous?

Benign& malignant: Skin adenexal tumors (sat ) tumors of sweat glands, ( eccrine& apocrine glands ) hair follicles , are both benign and malignant . Malignant which is lethal if excision is not done early. Eccrine porocarcinoma is malignant variety and it is not a benign tumor. ...Read more

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Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Yes it is: It is a low grade type of cancer. It usually has a fairly good prognosis when treated properly. ...Read more

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How are benign and malignant neoplasms different?

How are benign and malignant neoplasms different?

Aggressiveness: Today's criteria for malignancy are mostly about a destabilized genome that allows clones of cells in the tumor to invade and spread. ...Read more

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If both benign and malignant tumours are formed by abnormal cell division, what makes malignant tumours cancerous and benign tumours non-cancerous?

If both benign and malignant tumours are formed by abnormal cell division, what makes malignant tumours cancerous and benign tumours non-cancerous?

Power to invade: Tumors are in fact caused by the accumulation of a series of genetic mutations. If something is going to be cancer, the mutations destabilize the genome and eventually mutations give the ability of the cells to invade and spread as they do early after conception. The idea that tumors are "cells dividing too rapidly" is fundamentally wrong and confusing -- it's the loss of controls. ...Read more

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Are most brain tumors benign or malignant?

Are most brain tumors benign or malignant?

Depends: Primary brain tumors tend to be more aggressive when they are found. This is most likely due to the fact that they may not cause symptoms when they first start. The most common "brain tumor" is actually metastatic disease from tumors outside the brain. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors benign?

Are carcinoid tumors benign?

No: Carcinoid tumors are not benign. They are typically (but not always) slower growing than other tumors. They can spread if not found and therefore should be removed. ...Read more

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Is dysplastic nevus benign?

Is dysplastic nevus benign?

DYSPLASTIC NEVUS: THIS IS A NEVUS (MOLE) WITH AN ABNORMAL DEVELOPMENT OR GROWTH OF CELLS. THIS SHOULD BE SEEN BY A DERMATOLOGIST WHO WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO EITHER WATCH IT PERIODICALLY OR TO CUT IT OUT -- BIOPSY IT -- UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA AND THEN SEND THE SAMPLE TO A SPECIALIZED PATHOLOGIST FOR AN EXAMINATION. ...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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What is sarcoma versus metastatic disease versus lymphoma versus paraganglioma?

What is sarcoma versus metastatic disease versus lymphoma versus paraganglioma?

Different lesions: A sarcoma is a malignant lesion arising from connective and not glandular tissue such as visceral leiomyosarcoma of uterus or stomach. metastatic disease represents spread of tumor that may arise from a sarcoma or carcinoma, lymphoma is a malignant form of blood cellular disease and paraganglioma is the benign form of the lesion arising from nerve tissue. All represent different forms of disease. ...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

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


Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more