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Knowledge on cancerous encapsulated tumors? I have had a hard immovable lump for 4 years without change or growth. Do encapsulated tumors grow?
"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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do encapsulated tumors grow? I have had a hard immovable lump behind my ear for 4 years which has never changed shape or size. Worried about cancer
Lump: No worries if it hasn't changes in size ...Read more
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
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
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
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