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What is malignant neoplasm; is it a special type of cancer; is it a bad cancer?

What is malignant neoplasm; is it a special type of cancer; is it a bad cancer?

Agree w/Dr Contreras: Malignant neoplasm means that something's a cancerous tumor. The're many different types of cancer ex:skin, colon, kidney, etc. Prognosis, or how treatable something is, depends on size, type, pathological features, staging of the cancer. Hope you or loved one do well, as the word "cancer" strikes fear in people, but know that many types of cancer are now very treatable. Positive attitude/faith help prognosis. ...Read more

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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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What does malignant neoplasm of liver mean? Very bad news?

What does malignant neoplasm of liver mean? Very bad news?

This means cancer: A malignant neoplasm of the liver means cancer. What it doesn't tell you is if it originates from the liver, or whether it started in another organ and spread to the liver. This makes a huge difference in how the liver tumor is treated. Generally cancer that has spread to other organs is a difficult situation, but there are some examples where we have excellent therapies for these cancers. ...Read more

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Why is malignant neoplasm called a cancer? Where did that name come from?

Why is malignant neoplasm called a cancer? Where did that name come from?

Root of words: 'mal" from the latin word malus, meaning bad; "neo" from greek for new; and "plasm" from greek for tissue. Thus one has "bad new tissue" or "bad new growth" which = "cancer" in layman's term or "malignant neoplasm" in doc speak. ...Read more

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What does secondary malignant neoplasm of brain and spine, mean?

What does secondary malignant neoplasm of brain and spine, mean?

Metastasis: Secondary neoplasm refers to cancerous cells which have occurred at a different site (primary) and have moved (metastasized) to the secondary site (in this case brain and spine). These cells migrate by various means dependent on cancer type including via blood streamed, via lymphatics or by direct spread. The diagnosis of a secondary cancer is made by a specialist / pathologist by examining cells. ...Read more

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If you have small fragments of an invasive malignant neoplasm with metaplastic squamous mucosa, does that indicate a terminal prognosis?

If you have small fragments of an invasive malignant neoplasm with metaplastic squamous mucosa, does that indicate a terminal prognosis?

Tell us more: No it is not terminal. But you need to tell us more about your history. Where is this tumor located? Which organ site? Is the surgeon going to remove the residual tumor/cells.
Ask your surgeon to explain it all to you. ...Read more

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I have a malignant neoplasm with no symptoms. I have a strange itch on my back. Should I be seeing a doctor and what doctor should I see?

I have a malignant neoplasm with no symptoms. I have a strange itch on my back. Should I be seeing a doctor and what doctor should I see?

How do you know?: How do you know that you have a malignant neoplasm? In any case, start with a primary care provider you can make an assessment and the two of you together can decide, if seeing a specialist is warranted.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is malignant neoplasm in rectum? Is that still called colon cancer?

What is malignant neoplasm in rectum? Is that still called colon cancer?

Yes: Rectum is part of the colon and thus it is considered a colon cancer. Rectal cancer is a bit more specific and at times treatment is a bit different. Anal cancer on the other hand is not considered a colon cancer as that arises from squamous tissue. ...Read more

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What does a radiologist mean by "benign or malignant neoplasm" of the liver? Hemangiomas have been ruled out.

What does a radiologist mean by "benign or malignant neoplasm" of the liver? Hemangiomas have been ruled out.

We are not sure: Sometimes imaging can be 100% accurate in diagnosing a liver lesion simply based on its appearance. However, this is not always the case. Some lesions have a non-specific appearance and may need further work up to diagnose. That work up may include more imaging, biopsy, or just continued surveillance (if we think the lesion is most likely benign). ...Read more

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Why do my records say the day I had my pap smear and they discovered a polyp. Screening of malignant neoplasm of cervix?

Why do my records say the day I had my pap smear and they discovered a polyp. Screening of malignant neoplasm of cervix?

Office manager: This is a question that should be addressed with the doctor's office manager, who would be able to clarify. ...Read more

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Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Same: With metastasis the distant lesion usually is the same histology -pathology as the primary.
So breast adenocarcinomas will be the cell type in the chest- lung in the case cited. ...Read more

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I was wondering if thyroidectomy the only way to determine if a papillary lesion / follicular neoplasm is benign or malignant?

No/Yes: Papillary cancers can usually be diagnosed by fine needle aspiration biopsy (fnab) preoperatively. In contrast, the distinction between a benign and malignant follicular neoplasm can only be determined by removing the thyroid lobe that contains the nodule. In these situations, the pathologist is looking for cellular invasion into blood vessels or the capsule of thyroid: this cannot be seen by fnab. ...Read more

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My 2 consectv fnac report reveal follicular neoplasm with microfollicular pattern, with anisonuecleosis, no colloid. Is it benign or malignant?

My 2 consectv fnac report reveal follicular neoplasm with microfollicular pattern, with anisonuecleosis, no colloid. Is it benign or malignant?

Follicular lesions: FNA cannot differentiate between benign and malignant follicular lesions. Evidence of capsular or lymph/vascular invasion are necessary to diagnose follicular carcinoma. FNA can help determine if surgery is needed to further classify a lesion, or if a "wait and watch" approach is warranted. For definitive diagnosis, the nodule has to be removed and examined by a pathologist. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please.?

Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please.?

Provisional: This is a preliminary report while the pathologist does more work to get the exact nature of the tumor settled down. I suspect this will turn out to be a carcinosarcoma. This is a difficult case and your physician will probably want several pathologists' signatures on the final report. ...Read more

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Is hurtle cell neoplasm defined as cancer?

Is hurtle cell neoplasm defined as cancer?

Not necessary: Hurtel cell neoplasm can be adenoma (not cancer) or carcinoma (cancer). There is not much difference between the two with regards to age, sex, or history of head and neck radiation. However, hurtle cell carcinoma (cancer) tends to be larger in size (4.0 +/- 0.4 cm) compared with hurtle cell adenoma (2.4 +/- 0.2 cm). ...Read more

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Are neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin always cancer?

Are neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin always cancer?

Usually not: Most skin pathologists will use that term when something is close to, but not definitely, a skin cancer. The final diagnosis may depend on whether any more tissue needs to be biopsied. ...Read more

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What is: neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin? Is it usually mean cancer?

What is: neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin? Is it usually mean cancer?

Not really: The term "neoplasm of uncertain behavior" refers to a specific pathologic diagnosis. It represents a lesion of skin whose behavior cannot be predicted. Currently it is considered a benign lesion but one that over time could undergo malignant transformation Such lesions include congenital giant pigmented nevus, dysplastic nevus and nevus sebaceous of Jadassohn. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a neoplasm is a cancer or not?

How can I tell if a neoplasm is a cancer or not?

Biopsy: Biopsy of a neoplasm for microscopic and molecular analysis is the gold standard for this determination. The ultimate distinction between benign and malignant neoplasm (cancer) is the propensity for metastasis. Generally speaking, cancers that spread are cancers that can kill. ...Read more

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What is malignant neoplasm of colon and what causes it? What is the treatment for this?

Malignant: Malignant neoplasm of the colon is a medical term for colon cancer. There is no one single known cause of colon cancer, but certain things may put you at risk such as:
-age (over 60)
-family history of colon cancer
-history of other cancers (breast especially)
-specific genetic syndromes like familial adenomatous polyposis (fap) or lynch syndrome
-history of inflammatory bowel disease
-colon polyps
-drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or eating red meat and highly processed foods

colon cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or any combination of the three. Treatment depends on molecular testing of the tumor to determine what type you have and how aggressive it is along with what stage it is. I've attached a website below that explains colon cancer in more depth and may answer any additional questions you have. Good luck! ...Read more

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Biopsy results indicated nodule is a hurtle cell neoplasm according to the TBSRC. Does this mean it is cancer?

It depends: These may be benign or malignant, or unclassifiable based on limited material. The pathologist will say which. ...Read more

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Fobt says status-final result, colon cancer. All 3 positive (A). Can fobt detect cancer? Also says neoplasm. Expedited colonoscopy in a few days...

Fobt says status-final result, colon cancer. All 3 positive (A). Can fobt detect cancer? Also says neoplasm. Expedited colonoscopy in a few days...

Fobt: Or fecal occult blood test is used as screening for colon cancer, but a positive test does not mean you have colon cancer, it only means that you do need a colonoscopy in order to rule in or out colon cancer. Good luck with the test! ...Read more

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Please would like to know what is meant by thyroid shows well defined follicular neoplasm composed of cells with granular cyloplasm, is it cancer?

Please would like to know what is meant by thyroid shows well defined follicular neoplasm composed of cells with granular cyloplasm, is it cancer?

Need to discuss: With your doctor/endocrinologist. Need more information such as clinical picture, ultrasound results, lab tests etc. This is too important to get diagnosed over the internet. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!

What does it mean if I had a 4mm sessile benign neoplasm of the cecum? Does this raise my risk of colon cancer? Does location matter? I'm only 42!

Cecal neoplasm: What is the histology? Lipoma, mucocele, carcinoid. In general though individuals with lesions due have a higher propensity for cancer. You likely will need continued surveillance colonoscopy with evaluation of the cecum. The tumor that was identified was small and surveillance/monitoring will detect lesions before cancer occurs. F/u/ w/ gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm on pancreas. 3mm. Same for 2 1/2 yrs. Cancer? Dr only follow with MRI. Should it be removed?

Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm on pancreas. 3mm. Same for 2 1/2 yrs. Cancer? Dr only follow with MRI. Should it be removed?

Good question: This may or not be a cancer, but without changes in appearance in 2 1/2 yrs and not knowing your complete medical history I would suggest that you follow your physician's plan and to feel better emotionally ask him/her to refer you to an oncologist for a second opinion. It is not unusual for doctors to agree to this request. ...Read more

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Could a neoplasm of uncertain behavior on skin of breast be cancer? I have to do biopsy frm EACH breast and one has skin changes like orange peel skin

Could a neoplasm of uncertain behavior on skin of breast be cancer? I have to do biopsy frm EACH breast and one has skin changes like orange peel skin

Yes, it is possible: Breast cancer can show up on the skin surface especially if it is locally advanced and has been present for sometime. But the biopsy of the tumor/ skin nodules will provide the final answer. ...Read more

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Mammo Prescription and it as DX Z12.31- encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast what is DX is it for a routine mammo?

Mammo Prescription and it as DX Z12.31- encounter for screening mammogram for malignant neoplasm of breast what is DX is it for a routine mammo?

ICD-10 code: Doctor's have to come up with codes for billing purposes - especially when we order tests. This system is called ICD-10. It is the 10th generation of the International Classification of Diseases if you really want to know. "Dx" stands for 'diagnosis', and Z12.31 is a breast cancer screening code for the mammogram. I'd ask the doctor more questions if you're still not sure. ...Read more

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Is it true that malignant cancer permanently curable?

Is it true that malignant cancer permanently curable?

Yes: Four of six cancers, not counting little skin cancers, are cured today for keeps. Anyone who tells you otherwise (or that you need to take some magic potion to stay cured) is misinformed or worse. ...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


Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more