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Can a benign goiter be converted to a malignant tumor?

Can a benign goiter be converted to a malignant tumor?

Goiter: Goiter is enlargement of the thyroid due to inflammation usually. Nodules or growths within a thyroid gland can be inflammatory but over time turn cancerous. Close monitoring with ultrasound is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

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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How do a benign tumor and a malignant tumor differ?

Aggressiveness: Benign tumors, while problematic, tend not to be as aggressive nor as invasive--with less potential to spread. Generally these may be removed without danger of returning. They have no cancerous cells. Malignant tumors spread more invasively & are derived from uncontrolled cancer cell growth that can metastasize to other parts of of the body. These have the risk of returning after surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physical and it's why your doctor asks a lot of nosy questions. The h&p will give us answers in 80% of cases but the rest will require testing, like special scans or biopsies. Even then, there are a few cases which are hard to know for sure! ...Read more

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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

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What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

Spreading: A benign tumor will get larger but stay in one place. A malignant tumor grows but also spreads to other places in the body to form more growths called "metastases". These are microscopic at first but then get bigger and spread further. Some types of cancers spread very early in their existence and others grow in one place for a while before spreading. Doctors know where spreading is likely to go. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physical and it's why your doctor asks a lot of nosy questions. The h&p will give us answers in 80% of cases but the rest will require testing, like special scans or biopsies. Even then, there are a few cases which are hard to know for sure! ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

Nomenclature: Confusing! "benign cancer" is a contradiction in terms, but there are benign tumors (can grow huge but can't invade or spread), and there are cancers (like basal cell of the skin or many bladder cancers) that are slow and pose little short-term danger. There are genetic disease with multiple benign & malignant tumors; otherwise, tumors occur depending on risk factors and dumb luck. ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumors?

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumors?

Unclear question: Some benign tumors predispose to malignant tumors, e.g. Colon polyps, and moles. Most benign tumors do not become malignant. There is no such entity as benign cancer. ...Read more

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Can removing a benign tumor surgically ever trigger the formation of a new but malignant tumor?

Can removing a benign tumor surgically ever trigger the formation of a new but malignant tumor?

It depends,,,: Removal of a benign tumor doesn't involve formation of a malignant tumor. However, if there wasn't total removal, or the cells around it get stimulated to proliferate and mutate, or the surgical instruments were not cleaned fully and were previously used to remove a malignant tumor, then a new malignant tumor might be formed. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor when you look at it?

Yes: Malignant cells don't look like normal cells, and these differences can be seen when the biopsy is examined by the pathologist under the microscope. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in terms of how it looks or feels?

You can't: A tissue biopsy is the best way. The pathologist will look at it and based on its characteristic can differentiate between both. ...Read more

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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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How do I know if a benign tumor will not turn into malignant cancer in future ?

How do I know if a benign tumor will not turn into malignant cancer in future ?

Unlikely: Not enough info to answer your question. If this is about a lung nodule, it's usually is benign if there are certain characteristics on ct or if it has been stable over 2 years period. If you are at low risk (no family/personal history of cancer & no smoking history), the chance of a benign stable nodule turn into malignancy is very low. ...Read more

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A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

Generally yes: Most benign tumors are not capable of spreading an invading distant organs. That being said, there are rare examples of benign tumors that get so big that they can cause major symptoms and medical problems. Thankfully, these are pretty unusual. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

Ability to spread: "malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient. "benign" means unlikely to spread and/or grows slowly (indolent), although it may have the ability to come back (locally recur) after surgical removal or treatment, usually in the same place or near where it started. Less of a threat to patient. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a benign and malignant tumor?

What is the main difference between a benign and malignant tumor?

How they act: Malignant tumors can grow locally and destroy other tissues but can also spread distantly. Benign tumors can grow locally and can cause symptoms if they enlarge but do not spread to distant organs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...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