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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
Benign or malignant: A pancreatic tumor can be benign or malignant but even benign tumors can require major operative procedures but some can be safely followed with ct or MRI imaging. Your uncle needs to be evaluated by a pancreatic specialist and undergo a complete evaluation which will involve blood tests, scans, possible biopsies and possible referral to a pancreatic surgeon for resection. ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
"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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