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Can A Tumor 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
"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
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
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
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
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
How does subcutaneous alcohol injection kill certain tumors when alcohol is known to cause certain cancers? Seems strange
When it comes to inoperable brain tumors, has any research been done on using micro dots of snake or spider venom to kill the tumor?
Cruel fraud: Scorpion and spider venom have been investigated for drug delivery and there are some reports, but it's still preliminary research. Anyone offering this to you is offering a remedy that is untested and almost certain not to work. Don't spend too much money on it. Having a brain tumor is brutal enough without some huckster taking advantage of your desperation. ...Read more
Outside skull?: Brain tumors, no matter how huge they get, typically do not cause a knot on your head. Brain tumors can be deadly, yes. Masses (knots) on the outside of your head could be from infection, or bone or soft tissue cancers. Many of these types of cancers are treatable. I strongly encourage you to see a health care provider if you haven't already. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might it be possible that a a brain cyst turn into a tumor, kill you or cause might it be possible that acer?
Brain tumor : No, if something was a cyst , it is a cyst, . However there are brain tumors that are cystic to start with. It willdepend on how your diagnosis was made and what were the follow-ups. ...Read more
I have acoustic neuroma treated with radiation in 2003 that has shrunk tumor 40 per cent. Still have balance problems. It was suggested I consider having a shot of gentomycin in affected ear to kill nerve. Any experience?
Not a panacea: Most patients with acoustic neuroma do well with treatment; unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case here. More details need to be outlined here - radiation fields, history of neurofibromatosis, degree of vertigo (assuming this is the cause of the balance problems) etc. Your treatment team should include an radiation oncologist, ENT surgeon, neurologist and neurosurgeon to help recommend. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had basic eye exam. Doc said one eye pokes out 1mm. No vision problems, but eye aches. Is it an orbital tumor? Will I go blind? Will it kill me? Im 19
Whoa - slow down! : You don't have a fatal orbital tumor. The eye doctor would have been able to detect that on your exam and would have discussed this with you. No person I know is perfectly symmetric. So one eye is a bit more prominent - no big deal. Ask eye doctor how common he sees this, and when you should be seen in follow up, if at all. Don't be a hypochondriac. Chill out, and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Bad choice: Colchicine is a microtubule poison and interferes with cells that are dividing. Despite "pop" wisdom, even the fastest-growing cancers grow much more slowly than some of the normal cells you need to stay healthy, so colchicine's side-effects render it unsuitable. It would kill you long before it shrunk a cancer. ...Read more
Review and discuss: Tumor boards are part of certified cancer programs all over the country. They usually have the surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists present. Also primary docs, pathologists, and other specialists are present. Nuses, palliative care teams and other support members are there. A patient ' s case is discussed from top to bottom, and a treatment plan is made with input from this team. ...Read more