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How long does it take for liver tumor to develop from no tumor to advance stage. Is it months or years?

How long does it take for liver tumor to develop from no tumor to advance stage. Is it months or years?

Depends on biology: The rate at which a tumor grows depends on the degree of differentiation. A tumor that is poorly differentiated usually has a shorter doubling time, i.e. Grows faster. If you think about a single cancer cell doubling every 100 days, it would take 10 years for the tumor to be visible on CT scan at 1 cm and weigh 1 gram. But it would only take another 2 yeas for it to get to 128 grams and be 5 cm ...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


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Non contrast MRI was clear. No tumor or other issues found. Should I request an MRI with contrast or would the non contrast show issues?

Non contrast MRI was clear. No tumor or other issues found. Should I request an MRI with contrast or would the non contrast show issues?

Whi MRI in first pal: You need to tell us about your general condition as to why was the MRI done in the first place? Contrast is often used but it only enhances to show a lesion better. Most serious abnormalities will show up on MRI even without the use of contrast. Yet if your symptoms persist, a repeat MRI with Contrast may be necessary. What was your main symptom to do a MRI??? ...Read more

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Not sjogens no tumor no stones or blockages just swollen salivary glands?

Not sjogens no tumor no stones or blockages just swollen salivary glands?

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 more

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My prolactin was lowered to 5 with cabergoline, no tumor, how long before I can stop the medication?

My prolactin was lowered to 5 with cabergoline, no tumor, how long before I can stop the medication?

Depends: If your prolactin was elevated due to another medication, which you're no longer taking - you may not need the cabergoline. Otherwise, your doctor may elect a trial where you stop the medication and follow prolactin levels. Most commonly, they will rise after a period of time, necessitating reinitiation of the cabergoline. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and I had lobectomy 5 years ago for I had a borderline tumor. No tumor has recurred so far but should I consdier my body cancer-susceptible?

I'm 19 and I had lobectomy 5 years ago for I had a borderline tumor. No tumor has recurred so far but should I consdier my body cancer-susceptible?

Borderline tumor: Is not a diagnosis. Absence of tumor after 5 years is a great sign but without knowing what your previous diagnosis was it is not possible to try to predict the future. ...Read more

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If there is no tumor, what other conditions/issues would cause person (I'm 40) to increase secretion of growth hormone & cause height to grow @ my age?

If there is no tumor, what other conditions/issues would cause person (I'm 40) to increase secretion of growth hormone & cause height to grow @ my age?

Increase height @ 40: If there is no tumor, what other conditions/issues would cause person (I'm 40) to increase secretion of growth hormone & cause height to grow @ my age? ANS: the only reason I know of for an increase in height at your age is new shoes or bad height measurement or someone playing a trick on you. Please get more details and can do 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Lo cortisol, all symptoms, no tumor, what can be cause for adrenal insufficiency that's not addisons?

Lo cortisol, all symptoms, no tumor, what can be cause for adrenal insufficiency that's not addisons?

Hard to test for: Hi. First of all, there's NO symptom associated with adrenal insufficiency that is SPECIFIC for adrenal insufficiency. If your endocrinologist suspects adrenal insufficiency, several tests can be used depending on clinical suspicion: insulin tolerance test and metyrapone test test the whole hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal axis; ACTH 1-24 (Cosyntropin) can test only adrenal glands failure; useful 2 ...Read more

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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?

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

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I am nervous as a trace of blood, microscopic, showed up in my urine. I was scoped @ no tumor in my bladder. Does this mean their is cancer elsewhere?

I am nervous as a trace of blood, microscopic, showed up in my urine. I was scoped @ no tumor in my bladder. Does this mean their is cancer elsewhere?

Hematuria: Blood in the urine can signify a variety of potential problems, cancer being one of the possibilities. Without seeing you and having access to all information concerning you it is impossible to say whether there is cancer elsewhere or another issue is present. Your urologist or primary care physician assessing this is in a much better position to diagnose you. ...Read more

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My prolactin level is 1295.Dr referes for mri. I want to know how much is the chances for prolactinoma? Is it possible that there is no tumor? Hv no symp

Good chance: This is a high level and is most likely due to a pituitary adenoma. A MRI is absolutely needed in your situation. Follow up with your doctor accordingly. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome in march of 2007. I have had yearly CT scans since then, and no tumor has been found. Is this common?

I was diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome in march of 2007. I have had yearly CT scans since then, and no tumor has been found. Is this common?

Not uncommon: Carcinoid is a type of tumor that usually arises within the gut wall. Though larger tumors can often be seen on ct scans, it is not unusual for a small carcinoid to be difficult to see on ct (especially if it arises in the small bowel). If the carcinoid is aggressive or spreads, ct is likely to see it. A radionuclide test (e.g. Octreoscan) is a useful adjunct when ct does not detect the tumor. ...Read more

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About inflamation the cereber I have 2 MRI bolth results no cancer no tumor bat mi docto send me test liquid mi spine I am wcre the encefaleia?

About inflamation the cereber I have 2 MRI bolth results no cancer no tumor bat mi docto send me test liquid mi spine I am wcre the encefaleia?

Rephrase: Not quite sure what you're asking here. I think you might be asking if you had encephalitis because there was an abnormality on the brain MRI and abnormal spinal fluid? If that's the case, then yes, it could be inflammation/cerebritis/encephalitis. ...Read more

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I had bladder cancer 15 yrs ago and they now have found trace of blood in my urine. Doc scoped me and found no tumor. He is sending it away for a full?

I had bladder cancer 15 yrs ago and they now have found trace of blood in my urine. Doc scoped me and found no tumor. He is sending it away for a full?

Full what?: Several reasons for blood in urine, only one of which is bladder cancer. Stones & infection high on list. Also need to check for kidney sources. ...Read more

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Dr put me on cabergoline for elevated prolactin, I stopped ocp pills & xanax since, won't prolactin lower now minus medication, I have no tumor.?

Dr put me on cabergoline for elevated prolactin, I stopped ocp pills & xanax since, won't prolactin lower now minus medication, I have no tumor.?

Possibly: You may have a small tumor that can't be seen on x-ray. Or, you may have elevated prolactin due to medication, although xanax (alprazolam) is not a common offender. Talk w/your physician or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I squeezed my left breast, there was a milk like discharged. Went to ob, she palpated and said there's no tumor or something. Should I feel at ease?

I squeezed my left breast, there was a milk like discharged. Went to ob, she palpated and said there's no tumor or something. Should I feel at ease?

Everything so far is: Normal. Milk like discharge can occur, and is not suspicious for cancer.

If the ob's history and physical found nothing concerning, then no worries. ...Read more

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Just got labs back on prolactin (5). Since, I stopped ocp pills and xanax, (alprazolam) no tumor, dr. Wants me to continue cabergoline, should i?

Just got labs back on prolactin (5). Since, I stopped ocp pills and xanax, (alprazolam) no tumor, dr. Wants me to continue cabergoline, should i?

Possibly: You may have a small tumor that can't be seen on x-ray. Or, you may have elevated prolactin due to medication, although xanax (alprazolam) is not a common offender. Talk w/your physician or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I'm 68 year old female. Weight 145, Height 5'7". IGF-1 level 196. Had brain MRI w/contrast. Pituitary normal, no tumor. Is this level too high for me?

I'm 68 year old female. Weight 145, Height 5'7". IGF-1 level 196. Had brain MRI w/contrast. Pituitary normal, no tumor. Is this level too high for me?

IGF: Values of IGF-1 for your age are low 65 ng/ml, median 110 and high 95th percentile is 188. Your level is not that above upper limit of normal. Actually I have a strong interest in Age Management Medicine and would consider this good. However, I do not know if you are symptomatic or not. Hope the data helps! ...Read more

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Can bladder cancer be seen on ultrasound? If u/s shows no tumor, should further testing be done on a child with gross terminal hematuria? Not a uti.

Can bladder cancer be seen on ultrasound? If u/s shows no tumor, should further testing be done on a child with gross terminal hematuria? Not a uti.

Here are some. ..: Ultrasound study only gives a gross rough imaging assessment with low sensitivity for small lesions. So, it is an absolute saying no bladder cancer. Terminal gross hematuria suggests its origin from the urethra, especially prostate urethra. So, a cystourethroscopy under anesthesia is needed. But, how far an evaluation should go for? It should be individualized. So, ask and talk with Doc timely. ...Read more

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I going to ent nov7 I had just swelling on my parotid gland for 5 weeks doc didn't feel no Tumor he said more inflamed. My chances good of no cancer?

I going to ent nov7 I had just swelling on my parotid gland for 5 weeks doc didn't feel no Tumor he said more inflamed. My chances good of no cancer?

Parotid: Parotid cancers are not that common, but when they do, they invariably present as a distinct mass or tumor. Non-distinct swelling of the glands is typically infection or inflammation. Could also be vascular or lymphatic. I think your chances are pretty low for cancer based on what you have described. Wishing you the best with your ENT visit! ...Read more

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I have rare hyperthyroidism. Not showing in my tsh. Just my free t4. I had a MRI to make sure no tumor. What medicine will help my hyperthyroid.?

I have rare hyperthyroidism. Not showing in my tsh. Just my free t4. I had a MRI to make sure no tumor. What medicine will help my hyperthyroid.?

? hyperthyroidism: It is unlikely that you have hyperthyroidism if you TSH is normal. Free T4 is not always diagnostic. Check a T3 (liothyronine) level, if normal hyperthyroidism is unlikely. You probably don't need medication. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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I had bladder cancer 15 years ago. I had a trace of blood inmy urine. The doctor scoped me and found no tumor. He sent my blood to get a full report. What else could be the cause of blood in urine?

I had bladder cancer 15 years ago. I had a trace of blood inmy urine. The doctor scoped me and found no tumor. He sent my blood to get a full report. What else could be the cause of blood in urine?

Lots of things: Congratulations on your cancer survival. With blood in the urine it's certainly possible that the tumor had returned but the scope is reassuring so that's clearly positive. Could be infection causing the blood, could potentially still be treatment related though typically that would have happened earlier. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is new free fluid & tiny calcification in pelvis of 58 yr male bad? (he had gastrectomy last year to remove GIST tumor, but recent CT shows no tumor)

Is new free fluid & tiny calcification in pelvis of 58 yr male bad? (he had gastrectomy last year to remove GIST tumor, but recent CT shows no tumor)

Gist tumor: Calcification is usually related to old scar tissue that becomes visible on xray. Many thing can cause a little bit of fluid in the pelvis. It's very stressful when you get scans and things look good but there are new findings. Many times the new stuff was there on prior scans but was too small or just not sliced thur by the scanner...the slices on a CT can be several mm apart. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Is ct scan accurate test for tumor in parotid gland? My ent ordered ct bec I told him I want piece of mind. If that comes back no tumor can I rest?

Yes: Getting CT scan for your peace of mind is not a good use of the test. It exposes you to radiation and expense. Parotid tumors can be generally detected by physical examination. ...Read more

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My dad has normal tests of liver and kidneys. Also normal urine test, vitamin b12, heart, mch, wbc, and no tumor. But got macrocytic anemia. Why?

My dad has normal tests of liver and kidneys. Also normal urine test, vitamin b12, heart, mch, wbc, and no tumor. But got macrocytic anemia. Why?

Labs: How high is the MCV and how low is the Hb? A blood B12 can be misleading in come cases, a more definite test is needed, called Methylmalonic acid acid level along with RBC folate level and not just a pure folic acid level. If they are normal. In some cases a Homcystine level may be needed. Best of luck ...Read more

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Bloody urine most times. Ct/ cystoscope, no tumor/stone, saw poss block from"renal pap necr". Burning pain when lifting above genitals. Poss hernia?

Bloody urine most times. Ct/ cystoscope, no tumor/stone, saw poss block from"renal pap necr". Burning pain when lifting above genitals. Poss hernia?

Ureters: Connect the kidney to the bladder, and the urinary pelvis is the location where they connect. If you are experiencing bleeding from any site, a clot can obstruct the ureter and cause colic. You need a retrograde pyelogram to assess. Cannot fathom how a hernia would cause your symptom complex or blood in urine. You sound like a classic stone passer. ...Read more

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Been having a weird feeling past 8 months where my pulse / heart beat weaker in strength daily. I workout I don't feel pounding heart beat feeling. Lump in throat feeling nonstop. If no tumor in throat what can it be? Seen every kind of doc? Cancer?

Been having a weird feeling past 8 months where my pulse / heart beat weaker in strength daily. I workout I don't feel pounding heart beat feeling. Lump in throat feeling nonstop. If no tumor in throat what can it be? Seen every kind of doc? Cancer?

Increased vagal tone: I checked with other physicians on Global Rounds & received only 1 reply which made any sense: increased parasympathetic (vagal) tone. Type "symptoms of increased parasympathetic tone" in Google to see what I mean. It may also explain the asthma / reactive airway disease that was detected on PFTs: https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20044211. Trying to ID "causes of increased parasympathetic tone" ...Read more

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Doctor on here diagnosed me with Cardioneurosis. With all the tests I've done. Ruled out heart doc / lung / gastro / ent. Lump feeling in throat and heart strength weak? But did a broncho and ent checked no tumor. So how do I treat? Driving me crazy

Doctor on here diagnosed me with Cardioneurosis. With all the tests I've done. Ruled out heart doc / lung / gastro / ent. Lump feeling in throat and heart strength weak? But did a broncho and ent checked no tumor. So how do I treat? Driving me crazy

Consider CBT: A course of cognitive-behavioral therapy focused on restructuring your thinking about your overall health -- even if it turns out that there's something minor with the heart. If your exercise tolerance is reasonably normal and you passed the basic heart tests, your heart's okay. Consider also a lifestyle change -- hitting the gym hard, making friends with athletes -- could cure you. ...Read more

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