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Doctor insights on: Ovarian Dermoid Tumor

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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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Do cancerous ovarian tumors tend to grow quickly? I have a 2cm suspected dermoid on my ovary that hasn't grown in 10 months.

Do cancerous ovarian tumors tend to grow quickly? I have a 2cm suspected dermoid on my ovary that hasn't grown in 10 months.

Yes, they do: If your cyst has not grown in size over 10 months it is unlikely to be ovarian Cancer. Yet you must follow up on it once or twice a year to be sure that it does not increase in size....which could imply a potential Ovarian cancer. Your gynecologist can guide you as to how it is monitored properly. ...Read more

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What are types of a ovarian tumor?

What are types of a ovarian tumor?

Many types.: These are classified by the histology or cell make-up of the tumor. Surface epithelial-stromal tumor is the most common and includes serous tumour, endometrioid tumor and mucinous cystadenocarcinoma. Sex cord-stromal tumor comprise 8% of ovarian tumors and include granulosa cell, and sertoli leydig cell tumor. Germ cell tumors, like teratoma make up another 30%. Mixed tumors are another type. ...Read more

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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

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Are cancerous ovarian tumors fast or slow growing?

Are cancerous ovarian tumors fast or slow growing?

Neither: Ovarian cancer is rather aggressive in nature and grows fast (although not as fast as other aggressive tumor types). Treatment is initially with surgical resection to minimal disease followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I have an ovarian tumor what can I do to ease the pain.

I have an ovarian tumor what can I do to ease the pain.

Ovarian Tumor: Without knowing more information about the type and extent of the tumor, it is hard to advise you. There are analgesics for pain that your doctor can order, but if the tumor has spread to other organs or bone, the choices become more complex. It is best to consult with your gynecologist/ oncologist and discuss specific pain palliation for your specific set of circumstances. ...Read more

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Do benign ovarian tumors have the same symptoms as malignant ones?

Do benign ovarian tumors have the same symptoms as malignant ones?

May be some overlap: When a pelvic mass or tumor is diagnosed a detailed process, or workup is involved to determine whether it is benign or malignant, often culminating in surgery. It can be difficult to distinguish benign and malignant tumors of the ovaries at times, it varies depending on the type of tumor. Consultation with gynecologic oncology is usually recommended in challenging cases. ...Read more

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What's the average/typical size of ovarian tumors that are cancerous?

Size is not criteria: Benign cysts could be huge , malignant ovarian tumors could be very small , so size is not the criteria . Go for regular gyn examinations , sonograms if indicated and follow your doctors advise . ...Read more

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Please tell me, are you more likely to feel an ovarian tumor while standing up or laying down?

Please tell me, are you more likely to feel an ovarian tumor while standing up or laying down?

You caan not feel th: Ovarian cancers are not palpable untill they are far advanced and start producing ascites(fluid build up) in the belly which will produce swelling of the abdomen. This will show up more on standing up than in lying down position. ...Read more

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What does ovarian tumor marker score 13 mean?

What does ovarian tumor marker score 13 mean?

CA125: A ca125 value of 13 is normal. The trend of the ovarian tumor marker is more important over the course of few months rather than one absolute value. ...Read more

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