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Can a benign tumor metastasize?

Can a benign tumor metastasize?

No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of 'parasitic' or implanted benign tumors (eg leiomyomas of the uterus) are recognized to occur in sites outside their normal origin, but this is thought to be a result of some form of tissue transplantation, and not true tumor ''metastasis' ...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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Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Yes it is: It is a low grade type of cancer. It usually has a fairly good prognosis when treated properly. ...Read more

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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read more

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Could benign brain tumour turn into cancer?

Could benign brain tumour turn into cancer?

Not per se: Even "benign" tumors of the brain can kill. In general tumors with benign histology do not turn into malignant ones, but for brain tumors the distinction is not clear and there is a continuum of behavior of brain tumors. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

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Do benign tumors turn into malignant tumors?

Do benign tumors turn into malignant tumors?

A few do: Almost all colon cancer arise in colonic polyps which start out as benign tumors. However, vast majority of benign tumor do not become malignant, e.g., moles and uterine leiomyomas. ...Read more

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What characteristics malignant tumor?

What characteristics malignant tumor?

Malignant tumor: The characteristics of malignant tumor is that it has a capacity to invade to the adjacent structures and to spread/metastasize to distant organ. Benign tumor will not invade and will not spread. ...Read more

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Is a brain tumor cancer?

: There can be benign tumors in the brain like meningioma or acoustic neuroma. These tumors are not malignant, but can cause symptoms and complications, and are often treated with surgery or radiosurgery. There can be malignant tumors in the brain (cancer). These can be metastatic, or be of primary brain origin. ...Read more

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What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

Usually malignant: Malignant tumors tend to spread all over the body. Benign tumors tend to spread locally. If a benign tumor is in a bad place, then local spread can be very serious. You can't always ignore a tumor just because it is benign. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read more

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What is an epitheloid malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor?

What is an epitheloid malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor?

Malignant Periph. N.: Also called Malignant Schwannoma or Neurosarcoma, is a connective tissue cancer of connective tissue surrounding the nerves. Exists in 50% of ones with Neurofibromatosis. Treatment is wide resection by surgery, Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy. ...Read more

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Is a glomus tumor terminal ?

Is a glomus tumor terminal ?

No: Glomus tumors arise from glomus bodies, neurovascular regulatory structures found in fingertips and sometimes toes. They often times develop under the nailed. The tumors are benign with extremely rare malignant degeneration. Primary symptom is extreme pain with cold exposure. You should see a hand surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes "dermatofibrosarcoma protubrance" tumors?

What causes "dermatofibrosarcoma protubrance" tumors?

Genetic alterations.: Dfsp (dermtofibrosarcoma protruberans) is a malignancy that presents as nodular subcutaneous (under the skin) masses. Tumors are associated with specific abnormalities on chromosomes 22 & sometimes 17 that can trigger abnormal gene activity of a growth factor (pdgfb) that is fused to a collagen (connective tissue) gene, causing tumors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgmhw8iyrzy. ...Read more

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What is klatskin tumour?

What is klatskin tumour?

Biliary Duct tumor: a cholangio - carcinoma ( bile duct ) arising at the confluence of right and left hepatic duct , called Klatskins tumor , usually diagnosed late and long term out look is not encouraging . ...Read more

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Is a lipoma tumor cause cancer?

Is a lipoma tumor cause cancer?

Depends on : Size and location. Lipomas that are larger than 10 cm or 4 inches can turn into malignant sarcomas, but even this is uncommon. Lipomata that are deep to the muscle layer have a higher incidence of malignancy. Sometimes lipomas can cause pain and tenderness, too, even though most are asymptomatic except for its apearance. ...Read more

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Brain right ventricle 8mm lesion -cyst or tumor?

Brain right ventricle 8mm lesion -cyst or tumor?

Hard to say: If the interpretation on the MRI by the radiologist is that it is a cyst, then it is likely benign. It also depends if there is any area of enhancement that would suggest a tumor. Also if you have serial MRI scans, you can tell if it is getting bigger or changing which is more likely a tumor. The location in the ventricle is important too. If it obstructs the foramen it could be a problem. ...Read more

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Could non-malignant tumours become malignant?

Could non-malignant tumours become malignant?

Yes: Many benign tumors are known to convert to malignancy and are carefully watched and not subject to treatment ie giant cell tumor of bone that is radiated will convert. Benign lipomas as they grow may be found to convert to liposarcoma and Pagets of bone is known to convert to Pagets sarcoma.Thyroid adenomas also have a high rate of conversion. ...Read more

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What is primitive neuroectodermal tumor?

What is primitive neuroectodermal tumor?

PNET: Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) is a malignant (cancerous) neural crest tumor. It is a rare tumor, usually occurring in children and young adults under 25 years of age. Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primitive_neuroectodermal_tumor ...Read more

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What is anaplastic bladder tumor.?

What is anaplastic bladder tumor.?

Small cell type.: This is a rare form of bladder cancer which tends to spread to other parts of the body. This is composed of small/oat cells, and has a poor prognosis. ...Read more