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What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?

What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?

None: I'm going to assume you are referring to the familiar bone tumor. They can only be distinguished under the microscope, and even this is difficult. Luckily, the malignant giant cell of bone isn't very aggressive, and usually local recurrences can be managed with the likelihood of a good outcome. ...Read more

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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Good day! I was diagnosed having giant cell tumor of the tendon sheaths. Can you please tell something about this. Thank you so much.?

Good day! I was diagnosed having giant cell tumor of the tendon sheaths. Can you please tell something about this. Thank you so much.?

Congratulations: We pathologists love these little things -- "fingeroma" or located somewhere else, they are a glorious shade of yellow, totally non-lifestyle-related (a pleasant change from so much of what we see), and utterly benign. If it regrows, no worries, just go back to your surgeon. Don't confuse this with the somewhat more troublesome giant-cell tumor of bone. ...Read more

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Relation of Paget disease of bone and giant cell tumor is what?

Relation of Paget disease of bone and giant cell tumor is what?

Giant: Cell tumor is a rare complication of paget's disease of bone. ...Read more

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Had benign neuroma removed, pituitary microadenoma, now diagnosis with giant cell bone tumor--can there be a link here?

Had benign neuroma removed, pituitary microadenoma, now diagnosis with giant cell bone tumor--can there be a link here?

Pituitary adenoma: There is no known link between pituitary adenomas and giant cell bone tumors. Both are generally benign tumors. Close follow up with a neurosurgeon who specializes in pituitary surgery and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in bone tumors is essential for both tumor types. Sorry for your difficulties. All the best to you. ...Read more

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Extragonadal germ cell tumor?

Extragonadal germ cell tumor?

The gonads produce: Sperm in men (&testosterone) and eggs/ova in women (& estrogens), and these are also the sites of germ cell tumors. Outside the gonads, the mediastinum and brain (pineal) are the most common extragonadal sites. These are known to produce markers (hcg, alphafeto-protein) and responsve and curable with chemotherapy. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Granulosa cell tumor can be acquired from sex?

Granulosa cell tumor can be acquired from sex?

No: Granulosa cell tumors of the ovary (and more rarely the testicle in men) are not aquired from sexual activity. These are rare tumors and know specific risk factors are known. However, some studies have shown that the majority if these tumors have a mutation in the flox2 gene. It is not known what causes this mutation to occur or if it is the cause if the tumor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an abscess and a mast cell tumor?

What is the difference between an abscess and a mast cell tumor?

Quite different: Mast cell tumors are rare malignancies that originate in the skin. Abscesses are common, basically pus pockets due to infection. Abscesses are treated by incision and drainage, sometimes along with antibiotics. Mast cell tumors are surgically removed. Chemotherapy may be used if the tumor recurs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an abscess and a mast cell tumor?

One is a neoplasm: An abscess is a cavity that contains pus. It indicates a soft tissue infections that got encapsulated (contained) and now it is a sphere that has pus ( bacteria and dead cells,...) Mast cell tumor is a rare tumor (neoplasm) generally malignant that originates in mast cells .. Mast cell tumors are more common in Dogs in the skin, than in humans. Mast cells release histamine ...Read more

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How do I prepare my child for an appointment about a germ cell tumor?

How do I prepare my child for an appointment about a germ cell tumor?

Treating a growth: It depends of the age of your child and how clear the diagnose is by now. If there are symptoms associated with the "growth", explain that this appointment is with the purpose of making a plan to treat this growth, to help with the symptoms. You encourage simple and clear answers with every step. Allow your questions being answered first, so your child senses a peaceful and truthful interaction. ...Read more

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What is extracranial germ cell tumor of childhood?

Rare family: This is a family of tumors that can be diagnosed by a pathologist (i suggest you get a consensus from 3 of us) that resemble to some degree the gametes and/or the cells of the unborn child. They run from totally benign to very malignant; thankfully today's treatment produces many good responses. ...Read more

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Should I tell my child about an extracranial germ cell tumor?

Age appropriate info: You do not mention how old your child is, but in any condition, it is always best to provide information that is appropriate to your child's age and level of understanding. Get help from your health team, they have done this before and will have excellent advice for you. The important thing to remember, is that your child needs to feel loved, safe and protected. Surround yourself with people ! ...Read more

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What risks are associated with post acinar cell tumor of the pancreas?

What risks are associated with post acinar cell tumor of the pancreas?

Recurrent tumor: Acinar cell carcinoma of pancreas is rare comprising 1-2 % of exocrine pancreatic tumors . Symptoms include vague abdominal pain, presence of a mass or widespread subcutaneous fat necrosis, polyarthritis, and eosinophilia (Schmid's triad) due to circulating lipase. Microscopically, most are highly cellular with minimal stroma . The median survival for all patients is 19 mo.due to mets. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a germ cell tumor reoccurrence after remission?

What are the chances of a germ cell tumor reoccurrence after remission?

Depends: Germ cell tumors of the ovary generally have a good prognosis. Although advanced stages are more likely to relapse, it may also depend on the kind of tumor pathology. Get more detailed information from the nci: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/ovarian-germ-cell/healthprofessional/page1/allpages. ...Read more

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With germ cell tumor that to deal with germ cell tumor cancer?

With germ cell tumor that to deal with germ cell tumor cancer?

Clarify, can be CA.: These can be cancer. These are tumors of germ cells which can be from the gonads, or ovary and testis, or from outside these areas and occur during embryonic development. These can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Prognosis varies. Some, like seminoma, have a very good prognosis. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a stage 1 gastric signet ring cell tumor to grow into a stage 4?

How long does it take for a stage 1 gastric signet ring cell tumor to grow into a stage 4?

No one knows: Cancer is staged when it is discovered. You may have a cure. Or there may be cells hiding elsewhere, as in the liver, that will grow into metastases in a month, or five years from now. "stage" is a most-optimistic-possible-scenario assigned by the physician to guide treatment. I wish you luck and appreciate your proactive approach. ...Read more

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