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Had lump in upper left side of neck for 3yrs no symptoms until recently, small short headaches. Can this be a cancer tumor? Size changes, not hard.

Had lump in upper left side of neck for 3yrs no symptoms until recently, small short headaches. Can this be a cancer tumor? Size changes, not hard.

Can this be a cancer: Cancer can indeed grow and metastasize. Size alone or softness/hardness , headaches are not good enough to definitive diagnose cancer. A biopsy and or scans are helpful tests. ...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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Male 90, buccal mucosa cancer, tumor size 10 CM x 5 CM x 3 cm. Dementia and angina , one surgeon advise palliative surgery other says hospice? Advise

Male 90, buccal mucosa cancer, tumor size 10 CM x 5 CM x 3 cm. Dementia and angina , one surgeon advise palliative surgery other says hospice? Advise

Tough question: As our family members get older questions on how aggressive do we treat medical issues come up - my family, too. I've found often the easiest way to answer it is to ask, "how would my dad or mom want to handle this?" you often know the patient better than the doctor. Don't make the decision you want but what they would want. Our desires often cloud the issue. There's no right or wrong choice. ...Read more

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How long does it take for squamous esophageal cancers to develop to tumor size 5 cm?

How long does it take for squamous esophageal cancers to develop to tumor size 5 cm?

Not easy: To answer. Esophagus cancer can develop over years or months. Prior strictures, chronic irritations and alcohol and tobacco are associated in squamous cancer, and reflux closer linked to reflux and barrett's, but the time course and precursors are not predicable. ...Read more

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My mom has cancer and a rectal tumor the size of a football, is it stage 3 or more?

My mom has cancer and a rectal tumor the size of a football, is it stage 3 or more?

Certainly : With that large a tumor it could be even a stage 4. The pathology and workup including scans will determine the stage and what options are available to your mother, sorry to hear this. Early detection with colonoscopies can frequently avoid situations like this. When the dust settles be sure you and siblings get regular colonoscopies. ...Read more

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I have a knot under my left arm started out the size of a quarter now its the size of a baseball could it be a fatty tumor and is that cancer?

Could be lipoma: Lipoma are not cancer, but depends on how fast it's growing. If it's within few days I would be concerned about infection. Of months to years a lipoma is likely, but it's not a bad idea to have your primary doc take a look ...Read more

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Male 90, inside ckeek there is ulcer but out side a grape size tumor, hard and painless. Are they both relate to same disease? What chance of cancer?

Possibly.: Anytime that an ulcer in the mouth is present for longer than 10-14 days, it should be checked by a physician or a dentist. A biopsy may be necessary to check for any type of cancer. ...Read more

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How often does eye cancer require removing the eye? I understand that taking out the eye is the best way to be sure you've gotten all of the eye cancer, but is that always the best options? Are there certain types or sizes of tumors that are likely to res

There : There are many different treatments for eye cancers and eye removal or enucleation is reserved for cases where vision and eye sparing techniques cannot be used successfully. Treatment is based on the cancer type, extent, and vision status of the eye. Additional factors may include whether a patient can tolerate the treatments based on health status. Finally social issues may play a role, i.e. If multiple treatments are offered can a patient successfully go to all the appointments, etc. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more