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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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I have had a hard immovable lump behind my ear for 4 years. I am worried it is an encapsulated cancerous tumor. Will an encapsulated tumor grow?

I have had a hard immovable lump behind my ear for 4 years. I am worried it is an encapsulated cancerous tumor. Will an encapsulated tumor grow?

Cancer unlikely: If a mass has been there for 4 years and has not grown, it is not cancer. Should the lump double in size, ulcerate, bleed or become painful, see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are benign tumours encapsulated in?

Please tell me what are benign tumours encapsulated in?

Surrounding cells: All benign tumours tend to remain localized at the site of origin. Most are enclosed by a capsule consisting of fibrous connective tissue derived from the structures in which the lesion is growing and for which the tumor has compressed but not invaded. Well-encapsulated tumors enlarge by a gradual buildup of cells , pushing aside the adjacent tissues without involving them. As such they grow as well-defined masses that displace the normal cells out of the way rather than invading surrounding tissue; ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are benign tumours encapsulated in?

Help please? I want to know what are benign tumours encapsulated in?

Peripheral cells: As a benign tumor grows it has an advancing capsule that is composed of compessed tumor cells. On occasion fibrous tissue from the matrix that the tumor is growing in will form the capsule. ...Read more

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What's a tumor board do?

What's a tumor board do?

Review and discuss: Tumor boards are part of certified cancer programs all over the country. They usually have the surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists present. Also primary docs, pathologists, and other specialists are present. Nuses, palliative care teams and other support members are there. A patient ' s case is discussed from top to bottom, and a treatment plan is made with input from this team. ...Read more

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What is borderline tumor 2c?

What is borderline tumor 2c?

Need more detail: 2c is a staging parameter used for several cancers and we need more details to answer. ...Read more

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What does a tumor feel like?

What does a tumor feel like?

No single answer: Tumors can feel soft or hard and may be painless or painful, depending on the type and location. Sometimes they are associated with changes to the overlying skin. A physician can check any skin spot or lump that is tender, itching, oozing, scaly, doesn't heal, has irregular color, swollen, is enlarging, or any other changes that worry you and make suggestions for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What can tumors typically feel like?

What can tumors typically feel like?

Variable by biology.: "tumors" can be either benign or malignant. Those that are malignant have the ability to grow and spread. Malignant neoplasms/tumors often invade adjacent normal tissues and are firm with irregular borders. They sometimes invade / surround nerves and can be associated with pain. Location in the body can be important as well. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How to reduce or eliminate fatty tumors?

How to reduce or eliminate fatty tumors?

Excision.: The most common type of "fatty tumor" is called a lipoma. These tumors are benign and are often felt / palpated underneath the skin on the trunk and arms / legs. They are generally mobile and soft. Lipomas are not malignant and do not have malignant potential. If a lipoma is concerning or cosmetically unacceptable, the standard treatment is surgical excision. ...Read more

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What are the signs of active adrenagland tumor?

Cushing's Syndrome: Bison hump, muscle wasting. Central fat redistribution, moon facies, abdominal striae (red lines). Suppression of acth (the pituitary driver of adrenal growth), . ...Read more

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What if a person has a large tumor, or a large number of tumors? 

What if a person has a large tumor, or a large number of tumors? 

Depends: It depends on what kind of tumor he has - benign or malignant, their location, presence of other symptoms, its cell make up etc. Without more detailed information, it is impossible to talk about diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. ...Read more

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Do tumors puss?

Do tumors puss?

They can: Tumors can puss if they begin to break down from lack of blood flow and/or get infected. ...Read more

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What solid tumor?

Distinction : Between "liquid tumors", leukemia and lymphoma, which were where all of the early successes with chemotherapy were seen, and all the others were solid, as a rock, and do not melt into "remission" but can "respond" to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and most of all surgery. ...Read more

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Can tumors have puss?

Can tumors have puss?

Yes: The definition of a tumor is "new growth". A tumor that contains pus is known as an abscess. ...Read more

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What is a fatty tumor?

What is a fatty tumor?

Lipoma: Doctors are usually referring to a soft growth composed of a benign tumor that developed from fat cells. They usually are very slow growing and don't cause problems but easily excised. However a liposarcoma can also appear the same and be more aggressive and are malignant. ...Read more

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What is a fatty tumor?

What is a fatty tumor?

Lipoma (LYE-PO-MAH): Lipomas are benign tumors composed of fat calls. They may occur anywhere on the body, usually under the skin but over the fascia that covers muscles; less frequently, they are deep to the fascia. Surgical removal is optional, often dependent on discomfort, rapid growth, and/or cosmetic concerns. In general, they are very easy to remove, often under local anesthesia in an office setting. ...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 is tumor immunology?

What is tumor immunology?

See below: Tumors are made of cells that have gone bad and started to grow and replicate regardless of the cells around them. Each tumor as it gets more and more abhorrent expresses a variety of proteins. These proteins can be detected with antibodies and quantitated. It is complex. ...Read more

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What causes a fatty tumor?

What causes a fatty tumor?

Unknown: I am not aware of the cause of benign fatty tumors called lipoma. They can run in families but most often they are just present with no known cause. ...Read more

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Is wilm's tumor hereditary?

Is wilm's tumor hereditary?

Yes: It can be. There are certain syndromes (beckwith-wiedeman, wagr, and denys-drash) that are associated with a genetic abnormality that causes wilms tumor. The direct hereditary risk is slightly higher but not clea.R. ...Read more

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Can you treat wilm's tumor?

Yes: Treatment efficacy has improved over the years. ...Read more

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What is an epidermoid tumor?

What is an epidermoid tumor?

It is a type of Canc: Cancer cells can form glands or be flat epithelium, depending on which organ the cancer arises in. Squamous epithelium lines the mouth, throat and food pipe as well as Lung bronchi. Cancers arising in these types are often called Epidermoid or squamous cell -Cancer. ...Read more

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What are tumor suppressors for?

What are tumor suppressors for?

Control of cell: Growth. Tumor suppressor are genes that normally regulate cell growth and loss of such genes through mutations predisposes to cancer. ...Read more

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How serious is meningioma tumor?

How serious is meningioma tumor?

Location: Meningiomas are mostly benign tumors and curable by resection. The seriousness depends on the location that may determine the degree of difficulty of surgical removal. ...Read more

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What exactly is phyllodes tumor?

What exactly is phyllodes tumor?

Tumor of breast: Most phyllodes tumors of breast are benign, about 10% are malignant. It is a morphologic variant of breast tumors. For more info see:
http://www.Hopkinsmedicine.Org/avon_foundation_breast_center/breast_cancers_other_conditions/phyllodes_tumors.Html. ...Read more

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What is a chondroblastoma tumor?

What is a chondroblastoma tumor?

Benign bone tumor: Chondroblastoma is a benign bone tumor of cartilaginous origin. It appears mostly in young patients at the epiphyseal ends of long bones such as femur. Among the tumors this lesion is relatively rare. ...Read more

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What causes an epidermoid tumor?

What causes an epidermoid tumor?

Viruses: Most malignant transformations result from a 3 hit process that occurs over a period of time. One of the major hits is usually viral such as HPV in cervical and oral squamous Ca. The secondary viral hit is EBV causing telomerase activity to allow chromosome caps to remain. The third hit may be carcinogen or with skin, UV exposure. ...Read more

Encapsulated (Definition)

To surround, encase, or protect in or as ...Read more