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Interesting tumor: Overally, neuroendocrine tumors are often capable of over-producing hormones that your body naturally makes. Islet cells are cells that are naturally present in the pancreas and produce a number of hormones, most notably insulin. Insulin helps you break down and digest sugars. Patients with an islet cell tumor can produce too much Insulin resulting in weight & gain and low blood sugars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gonads produce: Sperm in men (&testosterone) and eggs/ova in women (& estrogens), and these are also the sites of germ cell tumors. Outside the gonads, the mediastinum and brain (pineal) are the most common extragonadal sites. These are known to produce markers (hcg, alphafeto-protein) and responsve and curable with chemotherapy. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good day! I was diagnosed having giant cell tumor of the tendon sheaths. Can you please tell something about this. Thank you so much.?
Congratulations: We pathologists love these little things -- "fingeroma" or located somewhere else, they are a glorious shade of yellow, totally non-lifestyle-related (a pleasant change from so much of what we see), and utterly benign. If it regrows, no worries, just go back to your surgeon. Don't confuse this with the somewhat more troublesome giant-cell tumor of bone. ...Read more
What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?
None: I'm going to assume you are referring to the familiar bone tumor. They can only be distinguished under the microscope, and even this is difficult. Luckily, the malignant giant cell of bone isn't very aggressive, and usually local recurrences can be managed with the likelihood of a good outcome. ...Read more
Are mediastinal germ cell tumors known to be hereditary? I was cured, but my girlfriend is concerned if we were to have kids.
Germ cell tumors: These tumors are very rare and as such there isn' t enough information available to determine whether there is a genetic basis involved. ...Read more
Recurrent tumor: Acinar cell carcinoma of pancreas is rare comprising 1-2 % of exocrine pancreatic tumors . Symptoms include vague abdominal pain, presence of a mass or widespread subcutaneous fat necrosis, polyarthritis, and eosinophilia (Schmid's triad) due to circulating lipase. Microscopically, most are highly cellular with minimal stroma . The median survival for all patients is 19 mo.due to mets. ...Read more
Quite different: Mast cell tumors are rare malignancies that originate in the skin. Abscesses are common, basically pus pockets due to infection. Abscesses are treated by incision and drainage, sometimes along with antibiotics. Mast cell tumors are surgically removed. Chemotherapy may be used if the tumor recurs. ...Read more
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