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Non Malignant Pancreatic Tumors
Yes: The typical echogenicity of the pancreas is hyperechoic to adjacent fat. A hypoechoic mass within the pancreas can be benign or malignant. If you have a hypoechoic mass in the pancreas at age 30, you should undergo an MRI or ct of the abdomen to evaluate it further unless by ultrasound it is obviously cystic. ...Read more
Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more
Eus findings: 5 CM tumor in head of pancreas. What could it be? Should I be worried? What is likelihood it is malignant?
It can be cancer: You need to tell us the complete story. What has your doctor told you about this mass? It looks like you have had a biopsy done already. That should provide an answer. What did the biopsy reveal? If it was not successful, repeat ctscan in 2 months or repeat biopsy are the only two ways to find out what this tumor could be? Benign or malignant (neuroendocrine tumor or adenocarcinoma of pancreas? ...Read more
Is the kras gene behind pancreatic cancer & mucinous borderline malignant tumors? My aunt died from pancreatic this yr & I had the mucus tumor-*stg 1a
Two different types: Your aunt had the garden variety pancreatic cancer, your own tumor was different and it has a much better prognosis than your aunt's cancer. Ras gene is often mutated in pancreatic cancer but, as of now, it has no impact on diagnosis or on treatment of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more
I had a malignant pancreatc neuroendocrine tumor removed ten months ago, how likely is it that I will get another tumor and what are the signs?
May have no symptoms: If it was caught early and removed completely, you have a good chance of it never coming back. Nets can cause symptoms, or they can be silent, non-functional tumors. So the best way to improve your odds is to get a ct or MRI every 6 months to check for recurrence - which occurs most commonly in the liver. If it does come back, repeat surgery may be possible. ...Read more
Many Types: There are more than three types of malignant tumors. A cell from any organ (liver, skin, lung, brain, blood, breast, ovary, etc) may proliferate without regulation and produce a malignant tumor. ...Read more
Non cancer & cancer:
Benign tumors are not cancerous. They grow slowly and don't invade neighboring tissue. They do not spread to other parts of the body, and they can often be removed through surgery.
•malignant tumors (also called carcinomas, sarcomas, or lymphomas, depending on the tissue where they originate) are cancers that invade surrounding tissue. A malignant tumor, if untreated, will eventually spread. ...Read more
Fatty infiltration: Fatty infiltration is just what it sounds like - excess fat within and around the pancreas. This condition is benign (not harmful, not cancerous) in the sense that it does not disrupt the normal pancreatic functions of making hormones and making digestive enzymes, plus it does not increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. If a person has fatty infiltration due to obesity, he should lose some weight. ...Read more
Depends.: All cancers are considered serious. However, the stage of the cancer is very important in determining the treatment and prognosis of a cancer. The more disease there is (the higher the stage) the more serious the cancer is and the more the need for aggressive therapy. In prostate cancer the grade of the disease (gleason score) also plays a role as it helps define the aggressiveness of the disease. ...Read more
Possible, not likely: Benign tumors can turn malignant but malignant tumors would rarely, if ever, (i never say never!) become benign except as a result of total tumor destruction by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Although all tumor is killed, there can be a residual smaller mass because of scar and other tissue. Such a "benign" tumor could sit stable for years and then regrow from residual "dormant" tumor cells. ...Read more
Terminology issues: The term malignant is used to describe a tumor known to spread to & damage tissues & organs to the point death is possible. Benign tumors are less worrisome. They tend not to spread, but someone may have many individual ones. Their location & growth may produce problems for the patient. Transformation to a malignancy in unheard of for some benign lesions and rare for others. ...Read more
Benign vs malignant: Benign tumors do not spread.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Small tumors can be malignant, and tend to grow and spread if left untreated. Benign tumors can also grow, and somtimes get big because of lack of symptoms. Only way to tell benign from malignant is to look at cells under microscope. ...Read more
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
Endocrine: Is the pancreatic tumor benign? You will need to see an endocrinologist to make sure you don't have particular multi endocrine neoplasm. Also, will depend on the nature of the tumor (benign vs cancerous) and whether they are causing any symptoms. If there are functioning and secreting certain hormones- and or if the size is big and creating symptom then therapy need to be considered. D/w doctor. ...Read more
Absolutely yes: In many ways- obstruction to the adjacent organ from the increase size of the cancer; organ failure from cancer infiltration/replacement to the organ, decrease immune system and increase catabolism- cause weight lost and increase susceptibility to infections, erosion/invasion to blood vessel/organ cause bleeding, perforation, obstruction etc. Ultimately it can cause death. ...Read more
Not much: There usually aren't many symptoms to tumors on the ovary whether benign or malignant. Malignancy is associated with weight loss, night sweats and fatigue. ...Read more