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Doctor insights on: Malignant Neoplasm Of Thyroid

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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


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