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Cause Of Benign Neoplasms
What are the chances that a "soft tissue benign neoplasm" on my pinky finger will grow big enough to cause my pinky finger to be dysfunctional?
"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
Yep! They can!: Benign neoplasms are non-cancerous growths. They can show up anywhere, kind of like moles. We tend to get more of them as we age. Usually they don't cause problems, unless they are big and pressing on something important (like your brain). It's a fancy word for a lump or bump that's not cancer. ...Read more
Non-cancerous growth: Benign means non-cancerous, and neoplasm means new growth. So you have a growth on your kidney that is not cancerous. If this was diagnosed by an imaging test (cat scan), you might need a biopsy in the future. You might need follow-up scans. But a benign neoplasm does not need to come out, unless it grows over time. And no, it won't take over your kidney! (now hopefully you can sleep tonight!). ...Read more
Good question: And difficult to tell sometimes. The most straightforward way to put it is that a benign neoplasm will never turn into an invasive malignancy within your lifetime. Cis will eventually turn into one. But, because we don't live forever, cis might not turn into a malignancy during one's lifetime anyway. Pathologists can usually, but not always, tell the difference by microscopic cell exam. ...Read more
My sister had a benign neoplasm of the thyroid. Is it possible that benign neoplasms run in the family?
Yes, possible: Hi. The genetics of benign thyroid adenomas is not understood. More is known about genes associated with thyroid malignancies, and there are a multitude of genes that can be associated with the cancers. But like any phenotype (benign adenoma, in this case), the phenotype is a result of interaction between genes and environmental factors. So yes, it's possible (but not probable in my experience). ...Read more
What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!
Cecal neoplasm: What is the histology ? Lipoma, mucocele , carcinoid. In general though individuals with lesions due have a higher propensity for cancer. You likely will need continued surveillance colonoscopy with evaluation of the cecum . The tumor that was identified was small and surveillance/monitoring will detect lesions before cancer occurs. F/u/ w/ gastroenterologist ...Read more
Depends on location.: Even benign tumors (those with no potential to spread) can cause serious problems. The side-effects are related to where the tumor is located. A small benign tumor in the brain can have significant effects; a small tumor on the vocal cords can effect the voice, etc. ...Read more
Ying and Yang.: A group of "new" growth cells that grow independently from normal tissue cells that are surrounding them. Benign neoplasms are typically slow growing, encapsulated and well differentiated. Benign neoplasms do not exhibit the classic signs that malignant neoplasms do, namely invasiveness, metastasis and poor cellular differentiation. ...Read more
Disordered growth: Benign tumors grow locally and do not spread. Under the microscope, the cells look like the gland they are from and they are not invading. Cancer cells have disordered growth, frequently do not look like the originating gland and show invasion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genome destabilized: The key to cancer is that enough mutations have accumulated to render the genome itself unstable. Eventually a clone will acquire the ability to invade and spread. We can pick this up using molecular biology techniques. They also look different, but it takes a pathologist several years to learn to tell all the subtleties. ...Read more
Postop shoulder: Depends on how far out from surgery you are and your symptoms. Possibilities include hematoma formation, normal postoperative soft tissue swelling, hardware or repair failure, infection, etc. The most important thing you can do is follow up with your routine postoperative checks that your shoulder surgeon has arranged. ...Read more
It happens: They just happen in many cases. Some run in families (genetic). Symptoms can be from growth of the tumor or irritation of nerves and other structures nearby. Sometimes they are found when the bone breaks for bone weakness from the tumor. In other cases they are found when a person is evaluated for another problem. ...Read more
What should I do about my hamstrings? I had back surgery to remove a benign tumor in my lower back around two years ago. The tumor caused non-stop pain from my lower back to my ankles to the point where i was pretty much bedridden. This lasted for eight m
From : From the sounds of your description, the tumor that was removed had some involvement of the spinal cord or the nerves of the cauda equina descending from the cord. Your description of pain is consistent with a continued neurologic cause of the ongoing pain. This could be from post operative scar tissue about the nerves of the cauda equina or just residuals from damage caused by the original tumor. The recommendations of your physical therapist appear correct, however, there can often be additional measures taken to improve your tolerance of the therapy activities. My recommendation would be to engage the care of a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation to best guide your recovery. Considerations would be for medications to calm the nerves or consider medications for muscle spasticity if indicated. ...Read more
Is there signs to know if the mass which grows quickly in the abdomen to the pancreas causes a benign tumor of pancreas or malignant tumor?
Have sharp pains at rib cage and behind left breast. Have a benign tumor in same spot on rib cage. Could this b the cause?
Can a putuicytoma (benign tumor in the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland) in time cause hormonal imbalance and amenorrhea and how common is it?
See below: Tumors of the posterior pituitary are not common. Any tumor in the pituitary can cause hormonal symptoms due to pressure on normal cells. ...Read more
I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?
Narrowing of the: field of exposure with radiation treatment is done to minimize the risk of side effects of treatment. Yes there is increased risk of thyroid tumors, other brain tumors and brain infarcts (stroke). You should review your situation with the doctors ( radiation oncologist especially) Each situation requires weighing the potential risks vs benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a benign bone tumor, a benign tumor in my liver and benign cysts in breasts. Is this cause for worry? Cancer runs in my family.
No: First, all women have breast cysts, little benign tumors in the liver are very common and almost never cause any trouble, and benign bone tumors aren't rare. You are not at increased risk. Second, worry serves no useful purpose. Keep up the usual cancer surveillance and enjoy your life. ...Read more
Would a benign tumor in your small intestine cause abdominal pain and weight loss just as a malignant tumour would?
Depends on location: Although a benign tumor will not metastasize (i.e. will not spread to other parts of the body) it can grow and encroach on other body parts adjacent to it. Benign tumors can be serious if they press on vital structures such as blood vessels or nerves.That would be the only significant danger. ...Read more
By pressure: It may be causing pressure effect on pain sensitive areas. ...Read more
"Growth": A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical exam, and x-ray findings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends on what i: Benign tumors typically do not grow. But it depends on where it is located and what does your doctor think it is? A careful physical examination by your doctor is necessary to be sure that it is indeed benign as it is often difficult to tell the difference beween benign and malignant(this one grows in size as you watch it). I would be cautious and seek a second opinion and request an imaging test. ...Read more
Possibly.: Benign tumors do not spread to distant sites. However they can grow and cause local issues. If the growth begins to cause pain it may be causing local damage due to its size. Recommend that you see your primary md for further evaluation. Even benign tumors sometimes need to be removed. ...Read more
Chondroma: For themost part chondromas are benign. However the position of the lesion which usually results from excess stimulation of growth hormone is important. The more peripheral the lesion is in terms of centricity, the chance is that the tumor will not have an aggressive behavior. If the lesion occurs around the pelvic girdle rather than distal extremity, it can behave aggressively. ...Read more
No: Chemotherapy is not recommended for benign lesions. The major reason is that the chemo is direacted to various regions of the cancer cell to interfer in metabolic pathways by altering gere and nuclear DNA function. Even when optimally functioning because of toxicity and additional side effects use should be limited. Malignant stem cells resistent to chemo regrow to reappear in original field. ...Read more
Not certain of ?: Skin, made up of epidermis, can be found in benign tumor, such as a teratoma, epidermal inclusion cyst, branchial cleft anomalies, etc. So, I am not sure if you mean the tumor is producing the skin, or if you mean skin overlying the tumor is shed. If the latter, that may mean the tumor is growing and cutting off blood supply to the overlying skin--causing it to slough. ...Read more
Yes: When one removes a tumor, it is examined by the pathologists under the microscope. In addition, special stains are performed on the tissue to assess whether the tumor might be malignant. So, in certain instances, something that was thought to be benign, may, in fact, be a malignant cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A group of "new" growth cells that grow independently from normal tissue cells that are surrounding them. Benign neoplasms are typically slow growing, encapsulated and well differentiated. Benign neoplasms do not exhibit the classic signs that malignant neoplasms do, namely invasiveness, metastasis ...Read more
A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical ...Read more
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