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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
"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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Oncology: When a tumor is removed does it always mean that cancer cells travel throughout the body? So, what is the value of surgery?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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