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What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

Usually malignant: Malignant tumors tend to spread all over the body. Benign tumors tend to spread locally. If a benign tumor is in a bad place, then local spread can be very serious. You can't always ignore a tumor just because it is benign. ...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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What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

Spreading: A benign tumor will get larger but stay in one place. A malignant tumor grows but also spreads to other places in the body to form more growths called "metastases". These are microscopic at first but then get bigger and spread further. Some types of cancers spread very early in their existence and others grow in one place for a while before spreading. Doctors know where spreading is likely to go. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physical and it's why your doctor asks a lot of nosy questions. The h&p will give us answers in 80% of cases but the rest will require testing, like special scans or biopsies. Even then, there are a few cases which are hard to know for sure! ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor when you look at it?

Yes: Malignant cells don't look like normal cells, and these differences can be seen when the biopsy is examined by the pathologist under the microscope. ...Read more

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A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

Generally yes: Most benign tumors are not capable of spreading an invading distant organs. That being said, there are rare examples of benign tumors that get so big that they can cause major symptoms and medical problems. Thankfully, these are pretty unusual. ...Read more

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If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

Fibroids: A uterine fibroid is the most common benign (not cancerous) tumor of a woman's uterus (womb). Fibroids are tumors of the smooth muscle that is normally found in the wall of the uterus. They can develop within the uterine wall itself or attach to it. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. Uterine fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. ...Read more

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Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Benign: Sk's are easily confused for skin cancers due to their large size, irregular shape, and being multicolored. A trained dermatologist can easily spot the difference but very confusing for patients and other doctors. People can have hundreds or even thousands of sk's on their body and they are all benign. But having these cover the body may make it difficult to monitor for skin cancers. ...Read more

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Does having a tumor (malignant or benign) usually lead to weight loss?

Does having a tumor (malignant or benign) usually lead to weight loss?

It depends: Larger or more aggressive cancers are the type of cancers more typically associated with weight loss. Smaller tumors that maybe cured by local treatment (e.g. Surgery) often have no symptoms and frequently are not associated with weight loss. Unfortunately some cancers (lung cancer and pancreatic cancer) are not found until late and the initial presenting symptom may be weight loss. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a malignant and a benign tumor?

How can you tell the difference between a malignant and a benign tumor?

Biopsy: A biopsy is the only way to tell if a tumor is malignant. A pathologist will examine the cells under the microscope and decide. ...Read more

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What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?

What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?

None: I'm going to assume you are referring to the familiar bone tumor. They can only be distinguished under the microscope, and even this is difficult. Luckily, the malignant giant cell of bone isn't very aggressive, and usually local recurrences can be managed with the likelihood of a good outcome. ...Read more

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Malignant tumors shows metastasis but benign tumor not. How do I know if I have a benign tumor?

Benign tumor?: Although benign tumors can be observed and do not normally metastasize, the best way to confirm is to have a biopsy. ...Read more

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I know malignant tumors shows metastasis but benign tumor not. But there is an example of benign tumo?

Some do spread: By definition a benign tumor does not have the potential to spread. Distant spread has occurred when a lesion that is manipulated or curetted has shown signs of spread. This is really not metastasis.
A report of benign metastasizing fibroma of the thumb was reported by keasby many years ago. Some benign sweat gland tumors of axilla have been shown to be present in axillary nodes, . ...Read more

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Can MRI detect tumors (benign/malignant)? The MRI only shws a lesion but do not knw if its benign. Is it necessary to do a PET scan to find out more?

Can MRI detect tumors (benign/malignant)? The MRI only shws a lesion but do not knw if its benign. Is it necessary to do a PET scan to find out more?

Yes: The MRI is an effective way of defining a tumor. The histologic diagnosis is suspected mostly by presence and possible involvement of adjacent tissue. When there is a question of trying to define the presence of a primary in the face of metastastic disease, the PET/CAT most often defines the presence of a Ca. ...Read more

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Can MRI detect tumors (benign/malignant)? The MRI only shws a lesion at the right optic nerve near the globe. Do I need a PET scan to find out more? Thx

Can MRI detect tumors (benign/malignant)? The MRI only shws a lesion at the right optic nerve near the globe. Do I need a PET scan to find out more? Thx

MRI: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can detect various tumors, especially if it is used in the context of what is called Multi-Parametric MRI (MPM). MPM uses various characteristics to help distinguish malignant from benign. Google this term to learn more. Thus, one of the variables that should be used is called DWI (diffusion weighted imaging) and that helps decide if a lesion is malignant or not. ...Read more

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I have a known bone tumor it was found in a MRI. .. I had a bone scan done and the tumor showed up HOT. .. does that mean it's malignant? Would a. Benign tumor ever show up hot in bone scan. .. everything I read online says benign would show up cold

I have a known bone tumor it was found in a MRI. .. I had a bone scan done and the tumor showed up HOT. .. does that mean it's malignant? Would a. Benign tumor ever show up hot in bone scan. .. everything I read online says benign would show up cold

Possibly: A bone scan is a very sensitive test but it is not very specific. It will simply "light up" anywhere there is increased bone activity. Fractures, infection, cancers, and benign bone processes can light up on a bone scan. Osteoid Osteoma and Paget's disease are just two examples of benign processes that can light up on a bone scan. Discuss with your doctor, if any question, may need biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

Ability to spread: "malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient.

"benign" means unlikely to spread and/or grows slowly (indolent), although it may have the ability to come back (locally recur) after surgical removal or treatment, usually in the same place or near where it started. Less of a threat to patient. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a benign and malignant tumor?

What is the main difference between a benign and malignant tumor?

How they act: Malignant tumors can grow locally and destroy other tissues but can also spread distantly. Benign tumors can grow locally and can cause symptoms if they enlarge but do not spread to distant organs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can someone have both a benign and malignant tumor in their body at the same time?

Can someone have both a benign and malignant tumor in their body at the same time?

Yes: CNot uncommon. One can have a benign breast lesion along with intracuctal and invasive carcinoma of the breast. A benign hemangioma of liver frequently found along with colon carcinoma and neurofibromatosis along with malignant melanoma. Each is of different origin. Similarly benign polyps of bowel frequently found with carcinoma of the colonj. ...Read more

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How do a benign tumor and a malignant tumor differ?

Aggressiveness: Benign tumors, while problematic, tend not to be as aggressive nor as invasive--with less potential to spread. Generally these may be removed without danger of returning. They have no cancerous cells. Malignant tumors spread more invasively & are derived from uncontrolled cancer cell growth that can metastasize to other parts of of the body. These have the risk of returning after surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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Can a benign goiter be converted to a malignant tumor?

Goiter: Goiter is enlargement of the thyroid due to inflammation usually. Nodules or growths within a thyroid gland can be inflammatory but over time turn cancerous. Close monitoring with ultrasound is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

How can I tell between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

H&P important: A lot depends on the location of the tumor, the age of the patient and other factors like how it feels. This is what is called the history and physical and it's why your doctor asks a lot of nosy questions. The h&p will give us answers in 80% of cases but the rest will require testing, like special scans or biopsies. Even then, there are a few cases which are hard to know for sure! ...Read more

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How does a benign tumor growth differ from a malignant tumor?

How does a benign tumor growth differ from a malignant tumor?

One spreads: Contrary to malignant tumor, benign tumor, growth (division) is less rapid, confined, contained, do not spread, both have their own distinct individual, histological appearances, the expert, the pathologist can distinguish, one from other. ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumor?

Nomenclature: Confusing! "benign cancer" is a contradiction in terms, but there are benign tumors (can grow huge but can't invade or spread), and there are cancers (like basal cell of the skin or many bladder cancers) that are slow and pose little short-term danger. There are genetic disease with multiple benign & malignant tumors; otherwise, tumors occur depending on risk factors and dumb luck. ...Read more

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If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumors?

If a person has a history of benign cancer, are they more likely to develop malignant tumors?

Unclear question: Some benign tumors predispose to malignant tumors, e.g. Colon polyps, and moles. Most benign tumors do not become malignant. There is no such entity as benign cancer. ...Read more

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Can removing a benign tumor surgically ever trigger the formation of a new but malignant tumor?

Can removing a benign tumor surgically ever trigger the formation of a new but malignant tumor?

It depends,,,: Removal of a benign tumor doesn't involve formation of a malignant tumor. However, if there wasn't total removal, or the cells around it get stimulated to proliferate and mutate, or the surgical instruments were not cleaned fully and were previously used to remove a malignant tumor, then a new malignant tumor might be formed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor in terms of how it looks or feels?

You can't: A tissue biopsy is the best way. The pathologist will look at it and based on its characteristic can differentiate between both. ...Read more

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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read more

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How do I know if a benign tumor will not turn into malignant cancer in future?

How do I know if a benign tumor will not turn into malignant cancer in future?

Unlikely: Not enough info to answer your question. If this is about a lung nodule, it's usually is benign if there are certain characteristics on ct or if it has been stable over 2 years period. If you are at low risk (no family/personal history of cancer & no smoking history), the chance of a benign stable nodule turn into malignancy is very low. ...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


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