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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
"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
MRI doesn't explain: "No mass, no lesion detected" in a Radiology report usually means a normal brain MRI scan. I assume that the scan was ordered for a reason (i.e., symptoms). There are many symptoms (I would say MOST symptoms) that prompt an MRI scan & cannot be explained by it. MRI looks for ANATOMIC problems - tumors, bleeding, etc. The problem here is FUNCTIONAL - the nerves function incorrectly. TTYD who orderd ...Read more
Inflammation: The salivary glands can be swollen due to inflammation. Have you ruled out bacterial or viral infections? Also dryness tends to cause inflammation. Several products are available to keep your mouth moist. The easiest way to improve dryness is drinking water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Life expectancy for lung cancer gone to brain. Pet scan shows no other cancer now, only 1 tumor on brain. Surgery and whole brsin radiation will be?
"oligometastatic": Patients with a single brain tumor as the only site of metastatic disease are called "oligometastatic." the chance of cure, though small, is real. Every cancer specialist has a few such patients. I would strongly recommend aggressive treatment, including either radiosurgery (cyberknife, gammaknife, etc.) to the brain or surgical resection, and again stereotactic or chemoradiation to the lung. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does ovarian cancer always possess a tumor? Or large cyst that doesn't go away? Any odds it is present but no tumor or maybe small cysts?
Terminology: For ovarian cancer to be there, there has to be a "tumor", i.e., a mass. The mass may be solid or cystic. There are many different types of ovarian cancers and each has different manifestations. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ovarian-cancer/basics/definition/CON-20028096 ...Read more
Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and tiny tumors that are malignant. Whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant depends on what type of cells the tumor is composed of. Often the only way to determine this is with biopsy. ...Read more
Ct scan last summer showed no pancreatic mass. 1 yr later is a mass. Tumor markers high. Biopsy showed scar tissue. Is it still pancreatic cancer?
Brain pet scan no metabolic activity means no cancer of brain or no cancer anywhere in my body? Does this also mean no inflammation, hypometabolism?
I have stage 2 low grade 1 ovarian cancer after op no macroscopic disease. Onc insist no chemo needed. Is there evidence that it makes a differenc?
Seek another opinion: There is evidence for chemo after surgery in stage ii ovarian cancer Ella (ulipristal acetate) prevent recurrent disease. There are a few subsets of ovarian ca that may not require chemo but classic path should be treated even if there is no macro disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pancreatic duct in tail is 1.8mm, the doc biopsied the tissue around it, but said there were no rumors. If there were no tumors, why the biopsy?
No reason: Slight dilatation of distal pancreatic duct of no significance especially in the absence of any discreet lesion. In situ Ca of pancreas begins in duct system and develops over a 15-20 yr period until an invasive lesion is seen. Slight duct problem could be due to narrowing of duct due to inflammation or rarely the in situ lesion. The only bx would be via ERCP with brushings of the duct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing to Hum About: The "hilum" is in the middle of your chest and there ain't supposed to be no masses there!The mediastinum is in the same general area but is bigger and contains the hilum and a bunch of other stuff.Since they said just a hilar mass that means it's a part of the large vessels and lung tissues near the heart and not any of the other stuff in that area. You need to get this cleared up with your doc ...Read more
Splenic cyst, 16-17cm, no other symptoms, extensive bloodwork, no parasitic infection, no malignancy, can't conclude if hydatid or of what kind. ?
Leave it alone: Benign cysts like this are uncommon, mysterious, and a non-problem. They're probably little developmental things, like dimples only involving the spleen, and that grow over time. If you're confident that you don't have echinococcus (travel history is key), forget about it. ...Read more
Hydrouterenephrosis with stricture of ureter. No stones found on ct. No previous surgery. Worried this is cancer?
Need work up: Need work up for obstruction at ureter , yes stone and tumor can cause, but more often a benign vascular band rather than cancer is the cause , before you worry you need more work up . Direct visualization and by passing obstruction with a a stent catheter ( double j ) most likely will be one, speak to your doctor. ...Read more