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What is the prognosis for sebaceous carcinoma close to the tear duct of the eye, and what are the treatments?

What is the prognosis for sebaceous carcinoma close to the tear duct of the eye, and what are the treatments?

Sebaceous carcinoma: The prognosis is excellent. Given the location, these tumors can be somewhat tricky to completely remove, as areas of the tumor can appear like normal sebaceous glands. The surgery is best performed by an ophthalmologist who does eye plastics, as they more routinely deal with this tumor type.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Chances that my chalazion is sebaceous gland carcinoma? First time I ever had it- dr didn't send for biopsy, im 28

Chances that my chalazion is sebaceous gland carcinoma? First time I ever had it- dr didn't send for biopsy, im 28

Send if it recurs: The consequences of missing a cancer disguised as a chalazion are serious, but you have a window period if it recurs and is then sent for study. This is an okay practice if, and only if, your ophthalmologist was confident enough that it was a classic chalazion to forego histopathology the first time. If a recurrence is sent, you'll be safe. And it's very good you asked.

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How common is sebaceous gland carcinoma in a 28 yr/white/Female. I am getting 'cyst' removed on lower lid & Dr said it MUST be sent for pathology

How common is sebaceous gland carcinoma in a 28 yr/white/Female. I am getting 'cyst' removed on lower lid & Dr said it MUST be sent for pathology

Common enough: If I understand correctly, you're upset because your physician wants to send what you think is a simple benign cyst to pathology to know for sure. It's impossible to be certain on the gross, if you want to play a guessing game you are foolish, not sending it would be malpractice, and you'll be extremely sorry if a cancer is missed. Here's how a missed lesion looks before eating into the brain.

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What is the difference between invasive & non-invasive sebaceous carcinoma of the eye? If someone were to have it, is it palpable, as in a lump/cyst?

What is the difference between invasive & non-invasive sebaceous carcinoma of the eye? If someone were to have it, is it palpable, as in a lump/cyst?

In situ: Non-invasive means a carcinoma in situ. Invasive means it has violated the basement membrane of the epidermis into the dermis. Invasive much more a problem. Could be palpable. Careful cause might not be palpable to a lay person. If you have either of these problems, make sure you're being managed by a dermatologic surgeon withe extensive skin cancer experience.

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Biospy+of+right+oral+pharynx+neoplasam+with+frozen+section I have a history of sebaceous carcinoma, I now have a pea sized yellow mass on my right ton?

Biospy+of+right+oral+pharynx+neoplasam+with+frozen+section I have a history of sebaceous carcinoma, I now have a pea sized yellow mass on my right ton?

Needs evaluation: Depending upon what sort of treatment other than surgery you had for the sebaceous carcinoma and when, this could be something concerning. You really need to continue close follow-up with your ENT and managing team for the first 2 years and then ongoing through five years. If there is something new on your tonsil, I would not wait until your next scheduled visit and would have it looked at now.

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The caruncle in my left eye looks red and twice as big as the one in my right eye. Could this be an indication of sebaceous gland carcinoma?

The caruncle in my left eye looks red and twice as big as the one in my right eye. Could this be an indication of sebaceous gland carcinoma?

Rare: Sebaceous cell carcinoma of the periocular tissues of the eye primarily arises from the meibomian glands of the eyelid. It has rarely been reported to arise from the caruncular sebaceous glands. Your caruncle may be irritated and inflamed from allergies, dryness, or infection. If painful, discharge, nodular swelling within the adjacent skin of the nose, you may have a nasolacrimal duct obstruction

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Saw Opthmlgst for tiny whitehead-like thing on lower lashline. Dr says confident benign. Says possible cyst. Is sebacous gland carcinoma unlikely? 34 yo.

Saw Opthmlgst for tiny whitehead-like thing on lower lashline. Dr says confident benign. Says possible cyst. Is sebacous gland carcinoma unlikely? 34 yo.

Very unlikely: Do you have any reason to doubt your doctor's opinion. Carcinoma of the sebaceous glands is very rare. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Can sebaceous Nevus turn to cancer? If so how likely? And how often should it be checked. I'm scared what should I do

Can sebaceous Nevus turn to cancer? If so how likely? And how often should it be checked. I'm scared what should I do

Remove the lesions: As I may have mentioned earlier, the lesions need to be excised. Even though the lesions are benign, they will grow.

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What is the risk of a small nevous sebaceous in face sine birth to turn into skin cancer. My dr. Said less than 1 % and forget it? Is this true? Thx

What is the risk of a small nevous sebaceous in face sine birth to turn into skin cancer. My dr. Said less than 1 % and forget it? Is this true? Thx

Watch it: You can have it off if it bothers you or if it's your personal preference to have a little scar instead. The risk is low. Little cancers that arise in these things can be excised without danger to you.

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I was diagnosed with minimally invasive follicular carcinoma two years ago. After treatment was told I am cured, but what is my long term prognosis?

I was diagnosed with minimally invasive follicular carcinoma two years ago. After treatment was told I am cured, but what is my long term prognosis?

Probably cured: You're young, and folks under 45 who have this stuff in their thyroids and don't have metastatic disease at the time of surgery usually get a cure. There's a new paper http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22853727.

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How is the prognosis and treatment for early hepatocellular carcinoma?

How is the prognosis and treatment for early hepatocellular carcinoma?

Good: Depending on the underlying liver disease, early stage hcc is curable. Unfortunately, the liklihood of additional tumors popping up in a diseased liver is also high. There are surveillance programs around the country and world for high risk patients.

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What is the prognosis for stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

Poor: Unfortunately even with chemo, stage IV renal cell has a short survival time. Some reasonably good chemo agents are coming available but present therapies may work for a while, then quit working.

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I have just been diagnosed with well differentiated serous carcinoma of the peritoneum. I am scared out of my mind. Is the prognosis good?

I have just been diagnosed with well differentiated serous carcinoma of the peritoneum. I am scared out of my mind. Is the prognosis good?

Sit down with doctor: After getting a cancer diagnosis, one must sit down with the primary care doctor and also with the oncology doctor, to get an idea of how accurate the diagnosis is (are there other cancers that look similarly?), how wide spread it already is, how aggressive the cancer is, what the treatment options are, what percentage of patients respond to each type of treatment, etc...

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What is the usual prognosis and treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ?

What is the usual prognosis and treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ?

Excellent Prognosis: Dcis is usually treated with a combination of surgery followed by radiation therapy. The local control rates approach 100% this way. Cosmetic outcome is usually good to excellent and treatment itself is generally well tolerated.

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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body.

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