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Fast Growing Benign Tumors
Occassionally: When a benign tumor is completely resected with margins it won't recurr. While such growths won't metastasize to distant sites, if incompletely removed they can recur within a few weeks of removal but not to the original size. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans and desmoid tumors of the abdominal wall are frequently seen to recur if margins of resection are involved. ...Read more
A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical ...Read more
Terminology issues: The term malignant is used to describe a tumor known to spread to ; damage tissues ; organs to the point death is possible. Benign tumors are less worrisome. They tend not to spread, but someone may have many individual ones. Their location ; growth may produce problems for the patient. Transformation to a malignancy in unheard of for some benign lesions and rare for others. ...Read more
It depends on what I: Benign tumors typically do not grow. But it depends on where it is located and what does your doctor think it is? A careful physical examination by your doctor is necessary to be sure that it is indeed benign as it is often difficult to tell the difference beween benign and malignant (this one grows in size as you watch it). I would be cautious and seek a second opinion and request an imaging test. ...Read more
No: Small tumors can be malignant, and tend to grow and spread if left untreated. Benign tumors can also grow, and somtimes get big because of lack of symptoms. Only way to tell benign from malignant is to look at cells under microscope. ...Read more
Please explain why does my body grow random benign tumors in random places of my body (internal feet, bones, joints, spine)?
Hard to say: There are several disorders that have this feature and without a history, exam and some tests, it is hard to say which type would be involved. ...Read more
When I was 13 years old I had a benign tumor removed from my chin containing bone and hair. Now, an adult woman, I grow hair on my chin. Told it is pcos, but wondering whether the two can be related.
Do I have a growing benign tumor. I get nauseous. I get dizzy. My gag reflex is strong, but I don't vomit. I have a headache on one side of my head.
Yes: All tumors arise from normal pre existing cells that have undergone some form of transformation. Several oncogenes are turned on to present the benign as well as malignant lesion with immortality. In the case of the malignant tumor additional changes allow for matrix metalloproteinase to be produced to dissolve walls of blood vessels for metastasis and convert e-cadherin to small e cad. ...Read more
Mesodermal in origin: The most common tumor that is benign and virtually remains benign is the lipoma. These increase in number with age. Fibromas are similarly benign and remain as such though in going up the fibrous ladder, the fibromatosis are always benign such as plantar fibromatosis and dermatofibromas. Neuromas of peripheral nerves are also common and remain benign. ...Read more
Depends on location: Although a benign tumor will not metastasize (i.e. will not spread to other parts of the body) it can grow and encroach on other body parts adjacent to it. Benign tumors can be serious if they press on vital structures such as blood vessels or nerves. That would be the only significant danger. ...Read more
By pressure: It may be causing pressure effect on pain sensitive areas. ...Read more
"Growth": A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical exam, and x-ray findings. ...Read more
Usually lipomas: Lipomas usually single at the beginning but eventually become multifocal in subcutaneous areas of the body. There is a growth factor that is released (FGF- 1) that stimulates appearance of growths. In vonRecklinghausens disease multiple neurofibromas develop over the skin from head to foot. In both situations, lipoma and neurofibroma if progression noted we see liposarcomas and neuroSa. ...Read more
Possibly.: Benign tumors do not spread to distant sites. However they can grow and cause local issues. If the growth begins to cause pain it may be causing local damage due to its size. Recommend that you see your primary md for further evaluation. Even benign tumors sometimes need to be removed. ...Read more
Yes: Benign tumors, especially in the brain, can kill you as they can grow and damage adjacent brain or cause increased pressure on the brain. Benign lung or GI tumors can cause obstructive pneumonia or bowel obstruction with dire consequences. Benign tumors in virtually any organ can cause irreparable damage if growth is unchecked or the tumors are not removed. Expert consultation is important. ...Read more
No: Benign lung nodules are not rare and are found during routine chest x-rays or, more likely ct scans. The most common are hamartomas or adenomas that are totally innocent if they are in the outer lung as usual but can block a lung if they are in one of the bronchial tubes. Although, pet scans can help determine that these are benign, some require surgical removal to assure that they are benign. ...Read more
Depends on situation: There is a middle ground between the common idea of benign (never harmful) and malignant (always harmful). Conditions like tuberous sclerosis can generate tumors that become destructive because of there location, like in the brain or heart. They don't have to travel there like some cancers, they can just pop up anywhere ; interfere with normal tissue. ...Read more
No: Benign tumor (non-malignant, non-cancerous tumors) can grow at many body sites. Tumors that are benign do not have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. In some instances benign tumors can cause health problems by growing to large sizes and pressing on adjacent structures such as nerves and blood vessels. It would be good to discuss your concerns with a physician. ...Read more
Benign tumors: It really depends on the organ/tumor involved. Some benign tumors can become malignant but that's generally a rare occurrence. Speak with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more
Benign tumors exist.: Lung cancer is the most common visceral cancer in the world today. Because of this, the presence of a mass lesion in the lungs is concerning. Importantly, not all lung tumors are malignant, and that is good news. The most common type of benign tumor is called a pulmonary hamartoma. These benign tumors account for about 10% of small solitary lung lesions identified by imaging studies. ...Read more
Not usually.: By definition a benign tumor is not aggressive, slow growing, will not spread to other sites, but could cause harm to surrounding tissues. So a benign brain tumor or heart tumor could eventually become life threatening if it was ignored, but that would be a very unusual turn of events. ...Read more
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