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Are mast cell tumors people tumors or dog tumors?

Are mast cell tumors people tumors or dog tumors?

I know humans: I don't know about dogs, but humans can get systemic mastocytosis. An uncommon clonal growth of mast cells. Mast cells may also be reactive, such as from allergies. ...Read more

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What about neuroendocrine (islet cell tumors)?

What about neuroendocrine (islet cell tumors)?

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 more

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What is the incidence for extragonadal germ cell tumors?

What is the incidence for extragonadal germ cell tumors?

Very low: Compared to the gonadal germ cell tumors. The most common locations are the mediastinum, the pineal gland in the brain and the abdomen. ...Read more

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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

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What treatments are for germ cell tumors?

Chemotherapy: I presume that you are talking about testicular cancers which are generally treated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Extragonadal germ cell tumor?

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 more

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Granulosa cell tumor can be acquired from sex?

Granulosa cell tumor can be acquired from sex?

No: Granulosa cell tumors of the ovary (and more rarely the testicle in men) are not aquired from sexual activity. These are rare tumors and know specific risk factors are known. However, some studies have shown that the majority if these tumors have a mutation in the flox2 gene. It is not known what causes this mutation to occur or if it is the cause if the tumor. ...Read more

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Can adults develop extracranial germ cell tumors too?

Can adults develop extracranial germ cell tumors too?

Yes.: Adults can develop extracranial germ cell tumors. These can be either benign or malignant. Behavior of these tumors depends upon the location / the organ (site) in which the tumor develops and upon the microscopic and molecular-genetic features of the individual tumor. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an abscess and a mast cell tumor?

What is the difference between an abscess and a mast cell tumor?

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