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Had a biopsy on a mass in post nasal space. Awaiting result. This is highly likely to be cancer isn't it?

Had a biopsy on a mass in post nasal space. Awaiting result. This is highly likely to be cancer isn't it?

Wait for pathology: You will have to wait for pathology for definitive diagnosis. Relax now. Remember to follow your doctor for final result and recommendation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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I've developed a second breast lump in a matter of days. Is it likely to be cancer?

I've developed a second breast lump in a matter of days. Is it likely to be cancer?

No: I guess my first question is, what was the first lump? In general, a new lump that appears to develop "overnight" is often a breast cyst, a fluid filled lump that develops after a duct becomes blocked. It is almost impossible to distinguish a cyst from a cancer by exam alone; an ultrasound can determine this easily. Regardless, any new lump in the breast warrants physician evaluation. ...Read more

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3 pea sized hard lumps in abdomen, can feel them but can't see them....likely cancer?

3 pea sized hard lumps in abdomen, can feel them but can't see them....likely cancer?

Hard to say/depends,: It's hard to say what it could be without more information. It depends on where the lumps are in the abdomen, how long they've been there, and what other history you've got, if any. If you've got no diseases, and normal labs it's highly unlikely they're anything. If you're still worried it's a good idea to see your doctor for an exam, tests, and possible referral. Best of luck. ...Read more

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2 breast lumps, movable, 34y/o, likely fibrocystic or breast cancer? No family history. Ultrasound scheduled this week.

2 breast lumps, movable, 34y/o, likely fibrocystic or breast cancer? No family history. Ultrasound scheduled this week.

Most: Palpable lumps turn out benign, probably around 90%, but there is no way to be sure without having the appropriate imaging studies and proceeding from there. ...Read more

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Reasons for dull aching lump in left side upper hip in a skinny teen that isn't stool is the most likely thing cancer?

Reasons for dull aching lump in left side upper hip in a skinny teen that isn't stool is the most likely thing cancer?

Abdominal mass: A mass in the abdomen can be many things. Cancer is on the list but nit high on mine. Cysts and other lumps can be the cause. You need a doctor exam and a CT scan of your abdomen. Worrying is difficult to stop. Talk to your parents make sure you have a support system. You do not need to are for this alone! ...Read more

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How likely is the painful lump on inside of knee cancer lump isn't attatched to bone knee swelled tight at the bk hurts more after use 3 weeks now?

How likely is the painful lump on inside of knee cancer lump isn't attatched to bone knee swelled tight at the bk hurts more after use 3 weeks now?

Best examined: While a tumor often forms a lump, it isn't necessarily painful. That often depends on its location. Soft tissue sarcomas and lymphomas can appear at that location, but other diagnoses are more likely. This includes varicose veins, inflamed tendons, boils, Baker's cyst, venous thrombosis, etc. It's best to have the area examined by your physician. ...Read more

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For awhile my left breast is larger then my other. I feel no lump just feels firmer then the other. No history of breast cancer. Likely possibilities?

Hard to tell: It is not uncommon for women to have one breast larger than the other but if this is a new thing and if as you say it feels "firmer", I would advise you visit your pcp or gyn as soon as you can for a good exam. ...Read more

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Found a lump on my arm, I got CT scan and they said I have a tumor. How likely is it cancer. Are all tumor cancer?

Found a lump on my arm, I got CT scan and they said I have a tumor. How likely is it cancer. Are all tumor cancer?

Question too broad: With the description given a biopsy would be in order. Sometimes the radiologist can distinguish between a benign or malignant lesion. Both have their signs and symptoms and a dermatologist or other doctor should be seen. ...Read more

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What is a mass? Is it cancer?

What is a mass? Is it cancer?

Mass.: A mass, in essence, is an aberrant overgrowth of cells locally, within or near an organ or other internal structure. A mass is certainly not always cancer, but masses should be evaluated to confirm their etiology. ...Read more

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What is a mass? Is it cancer?

What is a mass? Is it cancer?

A mass is...: An abnormal lump, a collection of fluid (cyst), cells, clot, pus pocket (abscess). Solud mass is a tumor. Tumors can be benign (not cancer), or malignant (cancer). That diagnosis with rare exception requires tissue sampling and examination (biopsy). Biopsy does not mean cancer; it means taking tissue for a closer look under microscope. Cancer diagnosis needs specific microscopic abnormalities ...Read more

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Does a lump always mean cancer?

Does a lump always mean cancer?

No: Many lumps are not due to cancer but due to simple reasons like infections (swollen lymph nodes, abscesses), trauma (blood collections), lipomas (fatty tumors). Lumps which keep growing over time need to be checked by a doctor and appropriate testing should be done. ...Read more

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Lump on shi, n no injury. Cancer?

Lump on shi, n no injury. Cancer?

Need exam: Please see a doctor for an exam to help determine the cause of your lump. ...Read more

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What is a mass? Does that mean cancer?

What is a mass? Does that mean cancer?

No: It just means a "lump" of some sort. They can be cysts, lipomas, vascular structures, lots of different things. It doesn't automatically mean cancer. It does mean it should be investigated. ...Read more

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Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

No: Painless neck lumps are common and very few are cancerous. See your primary care doctor for exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Does pus normally come out of cancer lumps?

Does pus normally come out of cancer lumps?

No: Most cancers grow as solid tumors. On occasion, a tumor can grow very rapidly and outgrow it's blood supply. The center of the tumor can then liquify; this typically will contain bloody fluid rather than pus. ...Read more

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Can a lump that is shrinking in size be cancer?

Can a lump that is shrinking in size be cancer?

Shrinking lump: A lump that is shrinking, is certainly less likely to be cancer than one that is growing. However, occasionally a cancer will shrink, if something has caused part of the growth to die. In trying to determine whether a "lump" might be cancer, such as location, consistency, mobility to mention just a few. The only way to determine whether this is a cancer is to have your doctor examine it. ...Read more

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I may be getting a cancer lump form. What should I do?

I may be getting a cancer lump form. What should I do?

See doctor: You should see doctor to get lump evaluate as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what does a beast cancer lump look like?

Can you tell me what does a beast cancer lump look like?

Different in each: A breast cancer lump usually can't be seen. If you can see a lump on your breast, and if it is bigger than a pea or it is growing, see a doctor right away. Inflammatory breast cancer is a very aggressive type that can start with a visible red area or lump. Look at the picture for an example. ...Read more

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Please describe the tell tale signs that a lump is cancer?

If in doubt...: Get it seen. Neck lumps that are stable, slightly tender, unfixed to surrounding structure and smooth are usually lymph nodes. Otherwise if a mass is present for two weeks or more, it deserves a physician's attention. ...Read more

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Please help me! I think I may be getting a cancer lump form?

Please help me! I think I may be getting a cancer lump form?

MD time: Doubt anyone at healthtap can tell you anything definite with the info you provide. I suggest you don't get too anxious but get to see your doctor soon. Hope all is good with you. ...Read more

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Hi I have a hard lump over my right nibble could it be cancer thanks?

Possible: It could be that, but it could also be a cyst or other benign breast issue. Only way to know for sure is to have the area examined. ...Read more

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If I have a strange lump, could it be cancer? How can I know for sure?

If I have a strange lump, could it be cancer? How can I know for sure?

Yes. See doctor: You don't tell us where the lump is or what makes it strange. In general, a new persistent lump should be checked by a doctor. Would you let someone who knew nothing about automobiles tune your engine? You, MarkK1, are equally amateur in assessing lumps. See a professional. Your life is more valuable than an automobile. ...Read more

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If a lump is found in your virginal parts does it mean you have cancer.?

Not necessarily: It can be several things and it most likely isn't cancer. You need to get it checked out by a primary care doctor or gynecologist to know for sure. ...Read more

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Lump lower left back for 1 year no pain Dr referred for scan why? Cancer? What could it be?

Lump lower left back for 1 year no pain Dr referred for scan why? Cancer? What could it be?

Lump on back: Based on information you have given us so far my first hunch is lipoma but would not usually do scan if Dr thought it was that. So ask your team there. ...Read more

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I have a lump t 10 o'clock and it just pop up in jan and the tissue is rigged could it be cancer?

Breast lump: If you haven't been getting regular mammograms, then any new lump should be evaluated by your doctor and possible imaging. ...Read more

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I have a small lump and I'm not sure if it is cancer yet, But can it be easily treated if caught right away?

I have a small lump and I'm not sure if it is cancer yet, But can it be easily treated if caught right away?

Yes: The tumors with the poorest survivals are those occurring internally where they are not diagnosed early. Any lesion that you can palpate and the has been found early and not been watched for a long time is curable if removed. A biopsy of course is indicated to make the diagnosis and then t determine the best approach for treatment if necessary. ...Read more