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Is it more likely for a pituitary tumor and an adrenal tumor to develop together?

Is it more likely for a pituitary tumor and an adrenal tumor to develop together?

Can be.: Adrenal tumors and pituitary tumors can develop as part of a syndrome called multiple endocrine neoplasia (men) 1, which is caused by a mutation in a specific gene and is very rare. However, tumors in the parathyroid glands and pancreas, in addition to pituitary tumors, are most common, although a number of other organs may be affected. Thus, many symptoms are likely to be present. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Orr
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Adrenal Tumor (Definition)

The adrenal gland has a medullary center producing adrenaline like products and a cortex producing cortisone. Majority of lesions are asymptomatic represented by small adenomas that usually can be left behind. Cortical lesions can present as large pheochromocytomas that may be functional with severe hypertenision. Cortical tumors may ...Read more


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Is it possible to have a benign tumor and malignant tumor in one breast?

Is it possible to have a benign tumor and malignant tumor in one breast?

Yes: One type of tumor does not exclude the other type and both can occur in the same breast. ...Read more

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Is it possible that breast tumor and thyroid tumor be linked to one another?

Is it possible that breast tumor and thyroid tumor be linked to one another?

Breast cancer: Part of and breast cancer evaluation should look at this. Many times thyroid nodules are benign. If you have a thyroid issue it can be entirely independent if the breast issue. ...Read more

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Doctors thought it to be a brain tumor, ADEM, and now cortical dysplasia is it still possible for the mass to be a brain tumor? thanks!

Doctors thought it to be a brain tumor, ADEM, and now cortical dysplasia is it still possible for the mass to be a brain tumor? thanks!

Different: It should be obvious which one of these is which based on MRI characteristics. Sometimes a follow up study will help. It sounds like it is not a brain tumor if the other two are possibilities. More information is needed to make a better decision. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary gland tumour curable or is it a cancer? And if curable what medication would you be on? Am 17 and female

Is a pituitary gland tumour curable or is it a cancer? And if curable what medication would you be on? Am 17 and female

Not cancer, curable: Most pituitary tumor are not cancer, but are benign. There are many different cell types in pituitary tumors. These tumors can be treated with surgery, or in some cases with medications like bromocriptine for pituitary tumors that secrete prolactin (cause breast milk leakage and can cause infertility). ...Read more

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How big would a tumor have to be to cause a midline shift or mass effect in the brain? Is this what rads. Look for on cts or the actual tumor?

How big would a tumor have to be to cause a midline shift or mass effect in the brain? Is this what rads. Look for on cts or the actual tumor?

Depends: Midline shift can be caused by a tumor or by the edema (or swelling) around it so there is no specific size that will cause midline shift. A ct scan is to look for mass effect, swelling and bleeding. ...Read more

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Oncology: Would it be prudent for a surgeon to remove a benign tumor (if it was) of the pancreas when there is a family history of pc?

Oncology: Would it be prudent for a surgeon to remove a benign tumor (if it was) of the pancreas when there is a family history of pc?

Ask the surgeon: I guess the question is 'is there an association between benign tumor and later malignant pancreatic cancer'. But how do you know its benign? In any case, putting the question directly to your surgical consult, and checking the answer with your own practitioner is a good idea. ...Read more

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When is it reasonable to demand the removal of an adrenal tumor?

When is it reasonable to demand the removal of an adrenal tumor?

Activity, Size: Any adrenal tumor that is producing excessive amounts of adrenal hormones requires treatment; this can be determined by a battery of blood and urine tests. If the tumor is "non-functioning" (as most are), removal is dependent upon size: those under 4cm can be watched; those over 6cm should be removed; for those "in the middle", it depends upon what it looks like by ct or MRI criteria. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be pregnant with a pituitary tumor?

Is it possible to be pregnant with a pituitary tumor?

Yes, but: It is possible, but it depends upon the type of tumor and whether it's done any damage to the normal pituitary. If your thyroid and adrenal function are normal, and your prolactin is normal (or treated w/cabergoline to normal), it depends whether there was any damage to hormone controlling menses and fertility. If periods are regular that's a good sign. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

It's possible: A breast cancer may exist in a cyst if there is a mass in the cyst or in the wall of the cyst. A simple cyst is unlikely to be cancerous. Usually cancerous cysts are complex and may have separations within it. In any event either removal, aspiration with follow up, or repeat imaging my be needed to ensure the cyst is not cancerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an pineal gland to be just enlarged with no growths or cyst?

Is it possible for an pineal gland to be just enlarged with no growths or cyst?

Yes, slightly : It the pineal gland is slightly enlarged, that may happen in the absence of a tumor or cyst. However, if the pineal gland is much more than the 5-8mm that is the normal range, then it is likely due to some tumor or cyst. An MRI scan will likely show some heterogeneity and multi-loculated components in the pineal gland. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreas, it is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. however, if you were two classify it one of the categories, in which would you place it?

Can you tell me about pancreas, it is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. however, if you were two classify it one of the categories, in which would you place it?

Pancreas: Can you tell me about pancreas, it is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. however, if you were two classify it one of the categories, in which would you place it? ANS: it excretes enzymes into the gut and insulin into the blood. So both. If it is sick it could be one or the other only. If not sick then it is both. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a meningioma brain tumor to cause bowel problems?

Is it possible for a meningioma brain tumor to cause bowel problems?

yes, rarely: Meningiomas most commonly occur in the head but they can also affect the spinal canal. If they press on the lowest part of the spinal cord they can produce bowel problems. This is not highly likely but can happen. See your physician for full evaluation. ...Read more

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If someone has a sense of imbalance, and that was only symptom, how likely would it be for it to be a brain tumor somewhere in the brain?

If someone has a sense of imbalance, and that was only symptom, how likely would it be for it to be a brain tumor somewhere in the brain?

Unlikely: Dizziness is more commonly associated with an inner ear problem… not necessarily a brain tumor. This would be low on the list of differential diagnoses. In addition, you are fairly young which would lower the likelihood of having a brain tumor even more. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Is it possible to have the symptoms of colon cancer and have a tumor that is benign or non-cancerous?

Yes: Many conditions such as bacterial and viral colitis, ulcerative colitis, crohn's colitis are benign, and benign colon polyps can cause colon problems. Even something as simple as hemorrhoids can cause bowel changes or bleeding. Need to see a doctor for an examination. ...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