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Does Tumor Mean 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
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Not necessarily: Those tumors may be, and statistically probably are, benign. The only way to know is to see you doctor. ...Read more
Often good prognosis: Molecular biologists can subtype breast cancers in many ways. One classification looks at luminal (phenobarbital) vs. Basaloid cells of origin. Each has specific molecular biology, but luminal (phenobarbital) types tend to have estrogen receptors and basaloid do not. Er+ tumors fare better. The susan g. Komen website explains this well in lay terms. Http://ww5.komen. Org/breastcancer/subtypesofbreastcancer. Html. ...Read more
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
Not always.: This occurs in benign tumors as well. Global "lipoma" and you will learn more about this. ...Read more
Subtype of cancer: If you are talking about breast cancer- a luminal (phenobarbital) cancer is a subtype of breast cancer, the name "luminal (phenobarbital)" derives from similarity in expression between these tumors and the luminal (phenobarbital) epithelium of the breast. These are the most common subtypes, make up the majority of er-positive breast cancer, and are characterized by expression of er, pr. ...Read more
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
Not necessarily: We need a little more information to answer this. Are you referring to nodules outside the organ of origin or smaller nodules near the tumor in the organ of origin. In the former situation, this implies spread via the circulation; in the latter situation, these "satellite" nodules grow by direct extension from the tumor. ...Read more
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
Unclear??: Please rephrase your question. Right now I can not understand the question. That you have asked. ...Read more
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
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
I was recently diagnosed with a 5cm borderline malignant ovarian tumor. Is borderline malignant mean it's not cancer?
It's cancer: However, it's unlikely to harm you. Different physicians may sugar-coat or say "barely cancer" or "not really cancer" but the bottom line is that I'm glad it's out or there's a fair chance it would have killed you. Read online about the statistics but if you were assured, "no spread", you've got 95%+ of it not killing you. ...Read more
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
If bladder cancer tumor was size of an orange, would u say that more than likely the stage will be a bad stage? Does large tumor mean death? I know weneed pathology report but can u please shed light?
Bladder tumor: The size does increase the possibility that the tumor extends into the muscle layer. Even so, that doesn't mean it can not be effectively treated. ...Read more
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What does n1c means in colon cancer? What does it mean depostits of tumor but without lymph nodes involvement
These are all characteristics we use to determine the aggressiveness of a cancer.
These dictate to us, if and which chemotherapy should be used and other treatments and follow ups accordingly.
The features you describe should all warrant a consultation with an oncologist. ...Read more
How many hours can a girl that is 12 years old play with the mobile. I mean you know to not get cancer or tumor?
Unknown: It is still a bit controversial abut the exact link between mobile use and cancer. Too many variables at this time to determine the answer to your question, however a youngster who is keeping it on and by her ear should limit the use as they are more susceptible to cellular damage and thus predispositions than an adult. ...Read more
I am nervous as a trace of blood, microscopic, showed up in my urine. I was scoped @ no tumor in my bladder. Does this mean their is cancer elsewhere?
Hematuria: Blood in the urine can signify a variety of potential problems, cancer being one of the possibilities. Without seeing you and having access to all information concerning you it is impossible to say whether there is cancer elsewhere or another issue is present. Your urologist or primary care physician assessing this is in a much better position to diagnose you. ...Read more
See a Doctor: Any new lump in the breast should be a cause for concern, best handled by seeing your gyne or primary care doctor. The only definitive means of diagnosis is a biopsy. While most cancers are not painful, it is not a reliable finding. Hopefully, your doctor will be able to alleviate your concern or refer you to a breast center/surgeon for definitive evaluation. I hope its a false alarm. ...Read more
The opposite is true: Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by absent expression of the estrogen receptor [er], Progesterone receptor [pr], and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (her2). These cancers tend to behave more aggressively (grow faster) than other types of breast cancer. ...Read more
My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?
An excellent website:
I am sorry to hear your news. You obviously have been going through a lot. The nih has an excellent, patient friendly website with info about this. See:
the site goes on to discuss treatment. He is most likely looking at chemotherapy. Your oncologist should be able to help with the details. Good luck to you both. ...Read more
Mom has cholangiocarcinoma liver cancer, klatskins tumor, three months ago her CEA level was 4.8 and now it's 19.8. What does this mean?
Hard to know: This is a good question for your doctor. White spots can be many things, including normal. Are the spots on the bones in your neck, or on the spinal cord? How big are they? Why did you have the neck mri? Ask your doctor for the MRI report and come back to tell us what it says. We will be able to help you more with that information! ...Read more
MRI brain came back normal but have Mucosal thinkening and polyps what's that mean? Tumors? Cancer?
Sinusitis - repeated: Mucosal thickening (of layer covering the sinuses) & sinus polyps may point to multiple attacks of sinusitis. Sinus polyps, in particular, point to allergic sinusitis. (Are you allergic to many things? Aspirin?). Unless the polyps block the sinus passages, little is done for them. Without symptoms, not much to do aside from treat allergies. It's a complex situation - use Healthtap Prime to discuss ...Read more
Does the hard lump on my head mean that I have some kinda skull tumor (bone cancer)?! I'm worried! Is it normal?
May be just a cyst: I see a lot of these. The vast majority are just benign cysts. If it grows or bothers you, that's enough reason to get it removed. ...Read more
"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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