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Doctor insights on: Malignant Mass

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I have 5mm nodule along pleura of the apex. Late mother had a kiwi-sized malignant mass in same spot. What is the typical treatment plan for this?

Pulmonary nodules: The pulmonary nodules are generally evaluated with CAT scans .I typically 5mm or so a CT scan of the chest is done once a year. For specific diagnosis and treatment you need to see pulmonary physician in person. If nodule is suspicious for cancer they usually do a biopsy on ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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What color are the tissue samples from a malignant breast mass?

What color are the tissue samples from a malignant breast mass?

It is not: possible to reliably tell the difference between benign and malignant tissue by the color of the specimen. Most needle core biopsy specimens are whitish in color, and possibly blood-tinged, no matter what they turn out to be. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between a benign and malignant breast mass?

How can you distinguish between a benign and malignant breast mass?

Clinical: evaluation and imaging studies(mammogram, ultrasound, MRI) help assess whether a mass needs biopsy for definitive diagnosis. Sometimes certain imaging features are specific for a benign cause(for example hamartoma, calcified fibroadenoma, or oil cyst). Other times, imaging features can estimate the probability of malignancy and help indicate what follow-up is needed. ...Read more

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How fast does a malignant neck mass usually grow? can it stay the same size for months and still be cancer?

How fast does a malignant neck mass usually grow? can it stay the same size for months and still be cancer?

Variable rates: Tumors do grow at widely variable rates and a cancer stay the same size for a few months. It is important to get it checked out. A palpable neck may be suitable for evaluation by a fine needle aspirate. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does hypoehoic lesion mean? Is it malignant lesion or mass?

What does hypoehoic lesion mean? Is it malignant lesion or mass?

Follow up imaging: Imaging results need follow up with your doc to obtain meaning. Hypoechoic and hyperdense are words that describe appearance on ct image. They are not a diagnosis. Your doc will discuss the imaging results with you. You may need a biopsy to get diagnosis. Take a friend with you to see your doc. ...Read more

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Mri shows t2 hyperintensity in the right hepatic lobe measuring 2.1 cm. Hepatic ultrasound strongly advised. Is this a lesion, mass, malignant?

Mri shows t2 hyperintensity in the right hepatic lobe measuring 2.1 cm.  Hepatic ultrasound strongly advised.   Is this a lesion, mass, malignant?

Get US: Get the ultrasound to further characterize the lesion. Likely benign but doppler ultrasound will further determine features that define etiology especially if solid or cystic, vascular (blood vessel) or not vascular if necessary a biopsy will provide definitive answer if it is not benign vascular lesion on us. ...Read more

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If a cyst or mass or tumor is soft and not hard nd small nd not big does that make it a chance that it might not be malignant?

If a cyst or mass or tumor is soft and not hard nd small nd not big does that make it a chance that it might not be malignant?

Generalities: You cannot tell by these characteristics. All malignant tumors start small. Some benign lesions calcify and turn as hard as stone. When concerned, do a biopsy. ...Read more