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How To Tell Difference Between Ovarian Cysts And Ovarian Cancer
Can be difficult: Although imaging studies like ultrasound and ct are helpful sometimes the only way to rule out cancer is to undergo surgery. We are pretty good at figuring out which cysts need surgery right away compared with those that we can watch and see if they resolve on their own. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Location and path.: The cervix and the ovary are two different structures, so the location of the cancer is usually different. Also, the cancer cells look different under the microscope. A pathologist who specializes in looking at cells will look at the pieces of tissue and apply special stains to tell where the cancer came from. I hope that helps! ...Read more
Depends.: A cystic ovarian lesion can be a benign cyst or a cystic neoplasm. Even a benign cyst can be difficult to diagnose on ct if it has blood (hemorrhagic) or debris inside it. A ct may not be able to discern a hemorrhagic cyst from a solid tumor. A cyst with a growth along its wall may be suspicious. An ultrasound may be useful. Short term follow may tell if the cyst resolve/improve. ...Read more
Lot of difference: Cyst are benign lesions containing fluid inside, cystocarcinomas also contain fluid inside are cancers which need to be differentiate from benign cyst, by test , by removal & microscopic examination.Some malignant tumors are solid not cystic . Go to your gynecologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See answer: A cyst is a benign well defined fluid collection sharply demarcated with good sound transmission and no vascular flow. Testicular malignancies are usually solid, often irregular with vascular flow and possibly calcifications. Discuss with your dr or radiologist- they look quite different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : Ovarian cysts are often asymptomatic and found incidentally by exam or sonogram. The same goes for fibroids. If a cyst is going to cause symptoms, it will usually be pain, not necessarily with the period. May also occur with intercourse. Fibroids most often cause heavy menstrual bleeding, and sometimes also painful periods. If large enough, they may cause bladder pressure, or constipation. ...Read more
See your doctor: Testicular lumps can be cancer or benign. You don't want to take a chance of misdiagnosing yourself. Testicular cancer can be extremely aggressive so don't delay. Go see your doctor for a thorough exam. S/he may order an ultrasound to determine if you have a mass inside the testicle, but hopefully it is something benign such as a cyst or varicocele (dilated blood vessels). Good luck! ...Read more
Benign&Malignant: Ovarian cysts are benign fluid filled sacs in the ovaries.Some custs can become cancerous ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor of ovaries and is a serious condition often with poor prognosis requiring surgery, chemotherapy and sometime radiation therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy: Gynecomastia, right? You probably want it removed surgically; the pathologist will take a look at it and you'll know for sure. Symmetric enlargement under a man's nipples is almost always gynecomastia; if it ulcerates or keep growing or is invading, then it's time for biopsy or wide excision. ...Read more
How can a radiologist tell the difference between a dermoid cyst and ovarian cancer on an ultrasound?
He is usually able: To tell the differenceGet a more detailed answer ›
Good question: Pcos is a condition which patient may have multiple cysts in the ovary, irregular period, increased male hormone production, et al. Ovarian cyst is a very common condition which means a cyst present in the ovary. There are many kind of ovarian cysts, and most of them are benign and physiological. Pcos patients may have ovarian cysts, but patients with cyst usually do not have pcos. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Imaging & Biopsy: There are several ways in which a physician may determine the difference between a benign ovarian cyst and a tumor (neoplasm). Blood tests for some tumor markers may be helpful. In addiiton, ultrasound studies of the ovary may be helpful. Following these tests over time may be especially helpful. If needed, a tissue or cell biopsy may be necessary to exactly classify the process. ...Read more
Benign vs malignant: Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disease which causes symptoms on almost daily basis, no weight change, no cachexia Ovarian cancer is rapidly growing, painful growth in the abdomen, usually associated with ascites.IBS has stable symptoms and also periods where no active disease.BRCA1 & 2 genes increase the possibility of ovarian cancer. Frequency of IBS is higher than ovarian cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A pregnancy test: The pain associated with an ovarian cyst can be indistinguishable from an ectopic (or tubal)pregnancy. A negative pregnancy test however, effectively rules out an ectopic pregancy. If the pregancy test is positive, an ultrasound is needed to be certain that the developing baby is located inside the uterus and not in the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the uterus). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Interesting question: I assum you have period, but you want to know it is a miscarriage, or normal period, and want to know it is caused by ovarian cyst. First of all, you know what your normal period should be, if you missed your period for few days, especially after pregnancy test, then you know it is miscarriage. Sometime, functional ovarian cyst may delay your period, you may find out by ultrasound and blood test. ...Read more
A challenge: There are many factors that may help in making this distinction. Age plays a big factor as masses in women over 50 are more worrisome. The type of mass is critical as solid or complex masses are more worrisome than simple fluid filled cysts. Size sometimes plays a role although this is less specific. In many cases you can't say 100% until they are out. ...Read more
Totally different: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Most resolve in 6-8 weeks on their own and the discomfort can be controlled with ibuprofen. Pcos is totally different. These are multiple tiny cysts throughout the ovary. The main problem being weight gain, lack of periods and abnormal hair growth. The ovarian cysts are a side effect of the hormonal imbalance with pcos. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Occasionally similar: Colon cancer usually presents with signs of rectal bleeding or from a systemic view, abdominal distention secondary to bowel obstruction. Ovarian cancer most often shows up at the time of metastasis when ascites associated with abdominal distention but secondary to the accumulation of fluid in the periotoneal cavity. An abdominal CAT scan will readily show the difference between the two. ...Read more
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
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