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Can you tell me what 61 hounsfield units on a tumor means?

Can you tell me what 61 hounsfield units on a tumor means?

Refers to density: Hounsfield units are a measure of how easily xrays penetrate the object, and therefore how dense it is. For example structures with lots of air in them, allow xrays to easily pass and have very low hu values ( lung would be (-) 700, water is 0, muscle has a score of 40, bone being very dense is 700. What a score of 61 means depends on other factors ( where the tumor is, its shape etc). ...Read more

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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 you tell me if a cyst and tumor means the same?

Can you tell me if a cyst and tumor means the same?

No: A cyst is usually a fluid filled space, though tumors can have cysts in them. Cysts can be due to blockage of ducts in an organ, parasite infestations, organ maldevelopment and residual effect of abscess or tissue necrosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's there. Does he mean the removal of just the tumor itself or the whole pituitary gland?

Can you tell me if it's there. Does he mean the removal of just the tumor itself or the whole pituitary gland?

Please rephrase: Hi. Your question doesn't really make sense. Don't assume we know what you've been diagnosed with. As a pituitary doc (diagnostician, not surgeon), I can tell you we aim only to remove tumors, when indicated, not the whole pituitary gland. Normal human physiology requires pituitary function, and if the whole thing comes out, we need to treat numerous deficiencies. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if it's there. Does he mean the removal of just the tumor itself or the whole pituitary gland?

Pituitary tumor: With pituitary tumors it is rare that you have to remove the whole gland. In most cases the tumor is removed leaving the gland intact. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a cyst and tumor means the same in the brain?

Can you tell me if a cyst and tumor means the same in the brain?

No: Cyst usually refers to a fluid filled space. It may be a residual affect of stroke or in rare cases due to parasite infestation. Tumors can have cystic spaces in them therefore presence of a cyst does not rule out tumor. ...Read more

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Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Ct found ovarian cystic mass, does that mean a cyst. Can a CT scan tell the difference between a cyst and tumor? Worried about ovarian cancer.

Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tumor removal?

No: no, because you have not told us where the tumor is, whether it's malignant, and what the health problem is. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about tumor removal?

Adequate resection: Tumors both benign and malignant must be removed with adequate margins so that tumor cells are not left behind. In addition there shouldn't be damage to surrounding organs. The rule is that simple and radical surgery are not important. What is needed is adequate surgery to remove the tumor to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How do you tell your loved ones you have a tumor?

How do you tell your loved ones you have a tumor?

Honesty: I am very sorry to hear of this difficulty, i hope it is treatable. Be honest and give those who love you the facts and ask for their help and support. Don't go it alone, those who love will want to help. Wishing you the best outcome. ...Read more

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