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Doctor insights on: Non Malignant Pancreatic Tumors

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Are pancreatic malignant tumors hypoechoic?

Are pancreatic malignant tumors hypoechoic?

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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pancreas (Definition)

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


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How to treat a slow-growing, malignant, pancreatic tumor?

How to treat a slow-growing, malignant, pancreatic tumor?

Depends: The type of cancer in the pancreas will dictate the types of treatments available and the outcomes. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas and neuroendocrine tumors are considered slow growing. If all disease can be removed, surgery is the best option. Read more

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Eus findings: 5 CM tumor in head of pancreas. What could it be? Should I be worried? What is likelihood it is malignant?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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Is it possible for a non malignant tumor become malignant?

Is it possible for a non malignant tumor become malignant?

A few do: Almost all colon cancer arise in colonic polyps which start out as benign tumors. However, vast majority of benign tumor do not become malignant, e.g., moles and uterine leiomyomas. Read more

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Are there only three types of malignant tumors?

Are there only three types of malignant tumors?

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

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What is the difference between non-malignant and malignant tumors?

What is the difference between non-malignant and malignant tumors?

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

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Are wilms' tumors malignant?

Are wilms' tumors malignant?

Yes: Wilms' tumor is a malignant tumor of the kidney that usually occurs in childhood. Read more

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Why do malignant tumors metastesize?

Why do malignant tumors metastesize?

Metastasis: Because bits of tumor can enter the circulation, lymphatic channels or peritoneal space where it makes it way to other sites and then settles down. Read more

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Are tumors on pancreas always fatal?

No: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is often fatal by 5 years unless it is caught very early. This is difficult, because early pancreatic cancer is not the norm. There are other types of cancers that develop in the pancreas (neuroendocrine cancers) that are not fatal. Read more

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Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Is oligodendroglioma a malignant tumor?

Yes it is: It is a low grade type of cancer. It usually has a fairly good prognosis when treated properly. Read more

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Is an spts tumor in the pancreas cancerous?

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

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Do benign tumors turn into malignant tumors?

Do benign tumors turn into malignant tumors?

A few do: Almost all colon cancer arise in colonic polyps which start out as benign tumors. However, vast majority of benign tumor do not become malignant, e.g., moles and uterine leiomyomas. Read more

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What malignant tumor could be in a child's neck?

What malignant tumor could be in a child's neck?

A few possibilities: There are a few possible malignancies found in a child's neck. The most common would be lymphoma, but rhabdomyosarcoma, thyroid cancer, and other unusual tumors are possible. Read more

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Sarcoma. Any chance that the tumor is malignant?

Sarcoma. Any chance that the tumor is malignant?

Yes, by definition: Sarcoma is the term for malignant tumors of muscle, connective tissue, bone etc. Read more

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Are tumors on the pancreas considered pancreatis?

No: Pancreatitis is an inflammation, caused by alcohol, gall bladder problems, high triglycerides, etc. A tumor of the pancreas is an abnormal growth of cells, either benign or malignant. Read more

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How serious is a malignant tumor on the prostate?

How serious is a malignant tumor on the prostate?

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

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Were benign tumors possibly malignant at one time?

Were benign tumors possibly malignant at one time?

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

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