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What are the best medicines for treatment of desmoid tumors?

What are the best medicines for treatment of desmoid tumors?

Antiestogens: Desmoid tumors are low grade fibrous tumors that occur on the abdominal wall or extra abdominally. Surgical resection with margins indicated. Pharmacologic therapy with antiestrogens (tamoxifen) and prostaglandin inhibitors may also be used. In cases of recurrent extra-abdominal desmoid tumors a chemotherapeutic regimen of doxorubicin, dacarbazine, and carboplatin may be effective ...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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What would be a highly effective known treatment for a desmoid sarcoma?

What would be a highly effective known treatment for a desmoid sarcoma?

Varies case by case: It is better known as fibromatosis or desmoid tumor since it is benign and is not a sarcoma (cancer). Mainstay of treatment is surgical excision, if it is feasible. Recurrence rate is rather high, so radiation is often given. If tumor cannot be removed safely, options include radiation, low dose chemotherapy and not doing anything and observing. Each case is different, so ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Specifically, can a desmoid tumor be found in the brain?

Specifically, can a desmoid tumor be found in the brain?

Very Rare: Desmoid tumors do not arise directly in the brain, however, these tumors can rarely occur intracranially, meaning inside the skull. This has been reported most often in children with an inherited condition called fap (familial adenomatous polyposis). Desmoids in location mag be impossible to remove and can gtow back after surgery so treatment usually includes chemotherapy and/or radiation ...Read more

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What is a desmoid tumor?

What is a desmoid tumor?

Soft tissue tumor: A desmoid is a rare soft-tissue tumor that looks like scar tissue. Desmoids do not spread throughout the body like other types of tumor, and aren't really considered "cancerous". They are lumps that continue to grow in one place, destroying the tissue around them. They can occur inside or outside the body. Go to www.Dtrf.Org for more information. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of desmoid tumors?

What are the most common causes of desmoid tumors?

FAP and pregnancy: The exact cause of desmoid tumors is unknown but they appear intrabdominally in about 20-30% of people who have a genetic condition called fap (familial adenomatous polyposis). Sporadically, they can occur in the abdominal wall or extremities during or following pregnancy or sometimes following trauma or surgery. These tumors rarely spread but can be locally aggressive causing pain or obstruction. ...Read more

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I'm going for surgery to get my desmoid tumors out should I be worried?

I'm going for surgery to get my desmoid tumors out should I be worried?

Confidence : You must have complete confidence in your surgeon. Desmoids are generally benign. ...Read more

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What do doctors not know about desmoid tumors?

Behavior/testing: There are a variety of tumors under this umbrella name. Some of them occur in young while others in older age groups. Some are frankly cancerous, others not. We are still learning better ways to diagnose, predict behavior and find better ways to treat some of the more aggressive ones and ones that occur in uncommon areas like the brain. ...Read more

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I have a desmoid tumor in my adbominal wall by ´╗┐the rectus muscle should I remove it?

Your Doc advice??: The doctor who diagnosed you to have desmoid tumnor must have given you some advice! What did he ask you to do???. Please tell us the full story, then we can guide you further. Desmoid Tumor is a low grade cancer, so removal of the tumor is the best choice to be able to control it.. ...Read more

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Can desmoid tumors be found in the brain?

Can desmoid tumors be found in the brain?

NOT USUALLY: These types of tumors are rare, and I have limited experience, but of those I have seen, were located within shoulder and brachial plexus (very gadolinium positive). Am unaware of this type of tumor involving brain intrinsically or extrinsically, and the vast majority of primary brain tumors are derived from basic brain cellular components. ...Read more

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Are intrathecal schwannoma tumors common and what type of treatment is typically recommended?

Are intrathecal schwannoma tumors common and what type of treatment is typically recommended?

Rare: These are not that common and can be considered rare. The cause of schwannomas is unknown, but they sometimes occur in individuals with certain disorders such as some types of neurofibromatosis. Treatment may include surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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