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Can having two tumors on different parts of my body mean I have cancer?

Can having two tumors on different parts of my body mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: Those tumors may be, and statistically probably are, benign. The only way to know is to see you doctor. ...Read more

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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 does benign mean for a tumor? I thought tumors were cancer.

What does benign mean for a tumor? I thought tumors were cancer.

Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill. ...Read more

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What are tumor markers, and does having them mean that I have cancer?

What are tumor markers, and does having them mean that I have cancer?

Blood tests: Tumor markers are blood tests that are sometimes used to follow progression of cancer once it has already been diagnosed. We rarely, if ever, use tumor makers to make a cancer diagnosis. There are many other reasons why these markers may be elevated including inflammation, infection, etc. ...Read more

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My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

Not necessarily: There are a number of different pancreatic abnormalities/tumors not all of which are frank pancreatic cancer. He should be able to get more specific information from his doctors, including exactly what it is and also the expected prognosis. ...Read more

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Does liver cancer mean the same as a liver tumor?

Does liver cancer mean the same as a liver tumor?

Not always...: Not all liver tumors/masses are malignant. Some liver tumors are benign (such as liver hemangiomas which are benign mass-ike collections of small blood vessels). "liver cancer" can be a primary growth in the liver (one that started in the liver), or "liver cancer" can represent spread from another body site (metastasis). Ask your physician to clarify terms and to be specific about word meanings. ...Read more

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Oncology: When a tumor is removed does it always mean that cancer cells travel throughout the body? So, what is the value of surgery?

Oncology: When a tumor is removed does it always mean that cancer cells travel throughout the body? So, what is the value of surgery?

Surgery can cure..: No. Often surgery for cancer cures the disease. The idea that exposing cancer to air makes if spread is a myth that was debunked decades ago. ...Read more

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If your tumor marker is greater than 0 but less than 40 (around 20-26) does it mean you still have cancer and chemo didn't get it all?

If your tumor marker is greater than 0 but less than 40 (around 20-26) does it mean you still have cancer and chemo didn't get it all?

No..: It depends on what tumor marker you are referring to. In most cancers, tumor markers are never 0 even in healthy individuals that never had cancer. What is more important than the number is the trend in the values. So if within the last 6 months the number are 20, 60, 130, 220, then it is reason to be concerned. Otherwise, it should be followed serially. ...Read more

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Does white nipple secretion always mean cancer or tumors?

No: On the contrary, white discharge is almost always associated with a benign process. Niple discharge that is most concerning is watery or bloody, spontaneous, and occurs in only one breast. Even under these circumstances, this discharge is far more commonly due to a noncancerous condition. ...Read more

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My tumor maker: ca 19-9 is 105. Does this mean its cancer?

My tumor maker: ca 19-9 is 105. Does this mean its cancer?

Not necessarily: Ca 19-9 is not to be used to screen for any cancer as it is nonspecific test. Why is it done on you? Any symptoms or any abnormal signs? It can be elevated in different condition such as in pancreatitis, hepatitis, biliary obstruction, or other biliary disease. It may also be elevated in various GI cancer such as colon, liver, pancreas, biliary etc. Follow up with your md for further evaluation ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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