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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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Follicular neoplasm adenoma vs carcinoma of thyroid, if it's a possible cancer, what is the prognosis? And is radioactive iodine effective treatment?

Follicular neoplasm adenoma vs carcinoma of thyroid, if it's a possible cancer, what is the prognosis? And is radioactive iodine effective treatment?

Follicular CA thyroi: 67 F with follicular disease of thyroid. Ask about is it CA, prognosis, RAI RX? ANS: likely cancer but your team knows you best. RAI. not usually used. Likely need surgery. Tend to run in families so get detailed family tree and inform every first degree relative one Dx is clear. Surgery can cure. ...Read more

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Please would like to know what is meant by thyroid shows well defined follicular neoplasm composed of cells with granular cyloplasm , is it cancer?

Please would like to know what is meant by thyroid shows well defined follicular neoplasm composed of cells with granular cyloplasm , is it cancer?

Need to discuss: With your doctor/endocrinologist. Need more information such as clinical picture, ultrasound results, lab tests etc. This is too important to get diagnosed over the internet. ...Read more

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Can a "normal" thyroid nodule develop abnormal follicular neoplasm cells over time?

Possibly: Ghe tendency for transformation of a nodule in the thyroid gland depends on whether the nodule is solitary or multiple. The latter for the most part is a goiter and rarely if ever associated with Ca of thyroid. A solitary nodule has to be examined as to being hot or cold. If hot and functional Ca essentially doesn't occur. If the solitary nodule cold, there is a 30% chance of converting to Ca. ...Read more

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My sister had a benign neoplasm of the thyroid. Is it possible that benign neoplasms run in the family?

My sister had a benign neoplasm of the thyroid. Is it possible that benign neoplasms run in the family?

Yes, possible: Hi. The genetics of benign thyroid adenomas is not understood. More is known about genes associated with thyroid malignancies, and there are a multitude of genes that can be associated with the cancers. But like any phenotype (benign adenoma, in this case), the phenotype is a result of interaction between genes and environmental factors. So yes, it's possible (but not probable in my experience). ...Read more

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Fnac report follicular neoplasm. Is it ok if i postponed my surgery for 4 months?

Fnac report follicular neoplasm. Is it ok if i postponed my surgery for 4 months?

BAD idea: Forgive my frankess. I hope this is benign as most of these are. But if this is follicular carcinoma, you're inviting it to spread to your lungs, which will make a cure impossible. Do you want to die? ...Read more

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I was wondering if thyroidectomy the only way to determine if a papillary lesion / follicular neoplasm is benign or malignant?

I was wondering if thyroidectomy the only way to determine if a papillary lesion / follicular neoplasm is benign or malignant?

No/Yes: Papillary cancers can usually be diagnosed by fine needle aspiration biopsy (fnab) preoperatively. In contrast, the distinction between a benign and malignant follicular neoplasm can only be determined by removing the thyroid lobe that contains the nodule. In these situations, the pathologist is looking for cellular invasion into blood vessels or the capsule of thyroid: this cannot be seen by fnab. ...Read more

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Solitary, solid nodule with intranodular flow and follicular neoplasm cells. Afirma came back suspicious. What's likelyhood of malignancy?

Solitary, solid nodule with intranodular  flow and follicular neoplasm cells. Afirma came back suspicious. What's likelyhood of malignancy?

Ask your doctor: The doctor who ordered your biopsy has responsibility to explain to you the meaning of the results. If the biopsy shows neoplastic cells, that usually means Cancer cells. But you should get this clarification from your doctor. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more