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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

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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Can u get a tumor under ur arm kn ur arm pit and can it kill u?

Can u get a tumor under ur arm kn ur arm pit and can it kill u?

Primary and Mets: Lymph nodes in the arm pit are a common site for metastases from breast cancer and may be the site of primary lymphoma. Both of these type of tumors can be lethal. ...Read more

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Can a tumor in my bladder kill me soon or does it slowly work? Im 26 year old male ? Thx

Can a tumor in my bladder kill me soon or does it slowly work? Im 26 year old male ? Thx

Slow growth: Urinary bladder urothelial cell carcinoma starts in the cells lining the bladder and, if not treated successfully at an early stage, can spread to nearby organs or other parts of the body. It is treated through one or more of the following: surgery, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and chemotherapy. 5 year survival is 75% in early stages. ...Read more

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Can malignant tumors that turn into metastasis kill you?

Can malignant tumors that turn into metastasis kill you?

Yes: Metaststic cancers in general no matter what cancer offers a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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What can be used to kill a cancer cell near a tumor site?

What can be used to kill a cancer cell near a tumor site?

Local RT: If on resecting a tumor ie breast and margins are close with possible residual cells left behind the best approach is re resection for clean margins or use of local RT or gamma .RT With use of new mAbs,,margins can be reexamined and normal apprearing cells found to express tumor protein. Here reresection until cells are truely normal will assure all residual cells are removed and destroyed. ...Read more

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If alcohol is carcinogenic then how does percutaneous ethanol injections kill tumor cells? It seems counterintuitive

concentration: Its the concentration that matters. A small amount could be carcinogenic. A large amount is lethal to cells. ...Read more

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Can fluid on the brain cause brain tumors or kill you?

Can fluid on the brain cause brain tumors or kill you?

No and yes: 'fluid on the brain', or hydrocephalus, is sometimes caused by brain tumors, but is not a cause of such tumors. Hydrocephalus, if untreated, can sometimes be fatal, and otherwise it can cause severe neurological problems. ...Read more

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Will a spinal cord tumor kill me?

Depends on tumor: If benign usually not, if malignant and aggressive it might. ...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