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Cyst vs tumor and test to see what one it is?

Cyst vs tumor and test to see what one it is?

Site matters: Non-invasive tests include ultrasound or other imaging. For some sites, a needle aspiration may help determine whether it is a benign cyst or a cystic tumor. Good radiology and pathology are important in all these, although in the skin, imaging is less valuable. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What is the difference between a tumor and a cyst?

What is the difference between a tumor and a cyst?

A cyst is filled : With fluid or debris, a tumor is filled with living cells, and a malignant tumor is filled with malignant cells. All look like lumps to start with. Distinguishing is what we call a work up, and can wind up with removal to prove indeed what it is. ...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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Is a cyst soft or hard?, and is a tumor soft or hard?

Is a cyst soft or hard?, and is a tumor soft or hard?

Either can occur: A cyst is a thin walled closed space filled with fluid. If the amt. of fluid is large the cyst can be tense and feel very firm. A tumor is a overgrowth of cells either benign or malignant For the latter a scan tissue tumor, benign or malignant is very firm while a fatty tumor even if malignant can feel very soft. Scans and bx or aspiration will define cyst from tumor. ...Read more

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Why do some cysts and tumors contain clumps of hair?

Why do some cysts and tumors contain clumps of hair?

Marching orders: Different cells in the body have different instructions or marching orders as to how they are to grow and function. Sometimes clumps of cells with diverse marching orders form a tumor and mature into very different types of tissue. One type is called a dermoid cyst. These can contain a variety of different tissues including hair. ...Read more

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How long and how many years or months can a cyst or a tumor that is benign turn into malignant?

How long and how many years or months can a cyst or a tumor that is benign turn into malignant?

Whoa: The vast majority of cysts / tumors / tumors that are also cysts that are benign will never turn malignant. If there is a reasonable chance that you have a mass that is or may be cancer, and it can be removed, it needs to happen, now. A few masses (notably a fibroid uterus) can be watched; rapid growth of one mass would prompt removal which is fairly safe. ...Read more

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Is it physically and mentally healthy to eat processed and gm food, get tumors and cysts - waste the moolah, all in the name of world hunger?

Is it physically and mentally healthy to eat processed and gm food, get tumors and cysts - waste the moolah, all in the name of world hunger?

The fresher the food: The better. Live enzymes are needed for nutrition and they start dying when the fruit is picked, the food processed, etc. I try not to eat gm food.We need more data. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are cyst and tumor on ultrasound?

What are cyst and tumor on ultrasound?

Good question: A simple cyst is a collection of fluid with no associated abnormal soft tissue growth around or inside it. A tumor, or abnormal growth of tissue, may have cysts associated with it depending on what kind of tumor it is. That is why we have to be very careful when we look at cysts so that we know when something is a simple cyst and when it might be a tumor with cysts in it. I'm generalizing here. ...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