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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 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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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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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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What would the treatment options be for a small cancerous breast cyst ? If FNA confirms complicated cyst is malignant (no solid mass)

What would the treatment options be for a small cancerous breast cyst  ? If FNA confirms complicated cyst is malignant (no solid mass)

No simple answer: A lot depends on the cancer cell type and pathologic results of initial excision (growth characteristics). The pathologist can usually judge the cell type from the FNA, not always. a surgical biopsy is needed to look for invasion of the surrounding tissues. MRI is often helpful to see local tissue invasion. Then a treatment plan is made with this new information. ...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

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BRCA stage3 FNAB report on MRM hypoechoic mass is fatty cells and stroma is there a possibilty to become malignant ? Is it necessary to be removed?47y

BRCA stage3 FNAB report on MRM hypoechoic mass is fatty cells and stroma is there a possibilty to become malignant ? Is it necessary to be removed?47y

It depends: I am not necessarily worried it may turn in to cancer but rather that the biopsy did not sample the tissue in that mass that is malignant. If the mammogram is very worrisome for cancer but the FNAB gave those results then your doctor may consider rebiopsy. Keep in mind FNA biopsy is less reliable than core-needle biopsy ...Read more

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Large mass on the inside of the thigh recently biopsy that came back malignant. What type of cancer is likely?

Large mass on the inside of the thigh recently biopsy that came back malignant. What type of cancer is likely?

Any kind: I would guess sarcoma, melanoma, or any other soft tissue or skin malignancy. That said, it could be anything starting in the area or metastatic to the skin/subcutaneous tissue or to a local lymph node from somewhere else. Please wait for the final diagnosis to be made and make sure you see a specialist with expertise in the field. I truly wish you the best. Fight well and God bless. ...Read more

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Should an ovarian mass larger than 7 CM be surgically removed if it has steadily grown. Mom had malignant tumor size of grapefriut?

Should an ovarian mass larger than 7 CM be surgically removed if it has steadily grown. Mom had malignant tumor size of grapefriut?

Possibly.: If your mother had ovarian cancer and you have a growing ovarian mass, this needs to be evaluated by a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist. Surgery might be recommended. ...Read more

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Oncology: Since no blood tests or scans can identify a single malignant cell it means that people wait til a mass, tumor or lesion form?

Oncology: Since no blood tests or scans can identify a single malignant cell it means that people wait til a mass, tumor or lesion form?

Yes: In the future star trek generation, we may have a blood test to identify a single malignant cell or identify a gene marker that will tell us that a cancer ca develop but the ethical question is do you start treating things before they become a problem ...Read more

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When a lymph node is malignant does that mean there is a mass inside it? My lymph nodes were not clearly defined on ultrasound, what does that mean?

When a lymph node is malignant does that mean there is a mass inside it? My lymph nodes were not clearly defined on ultrasound, what does that mean?

Possible: When there are cancer cells in the lymph node , it is malignant. You don't necessarily have a mass inside the lymph node but just malignant cells. And at early stages , the size of lymph node might not be enlarged. ...Read more

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I have a hard non painful pea sized mass on my labia majora. Could it be malignant?

I have a hard non painful pea sized mass on my labia majora. Could it be malignant?

Unlikely: This is a common place for a bartholin's cyst. If the lump is hard, mobile, not painful or inflamed, that is the most likely diagnosis. If growing, check with your gynecologist. ...Read more

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I have a 4.2cm solid mass left thyroid homogeneous echotexture increased echogenicity and increased vascularity by us coold this be malignant?

I have a 4.2cm solid mass left thyroid homogeneous echotexture increased echogenicity and increased vascularity by us coold this be malignant?

Yes, but unlikely: Most thyroid nodules are benign. However, if this truly grew from 3.3 to 4.2 cm over the course of 1 month, that would raise the suspicion of thyroid cancer considerably. You clearly need to have a fine needle biopsy of this nodule performed. ...Read more