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Is fibromatosis a soft tissue sarcoma?

Is fibromatosis a soft tissue sarcoma?

Yes: Fibromatosis, while it doesn't have "sarcoma"in the name is actually a low-grade sarcoma. However, this only applies to cases occurring in the abdomen. Less commonly, these tumors can occur on the extremity. Cases of Palmar and Plantar fibromatosis are not aggressive and generally behave in a benign fashion. Have your sarcoma pathology checked by an expert david.stockman@orthopath.com ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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Is scar tissue on throat cancerous?

Is scar tissue on throat cancerous?

No: Scar tissue in the region of the throat is usually the response to an inflammatory process. Biopsy reveals fibroblastic tissue but no malignant cells Scar tissue is very rarely found in throat cancer but rather a non healing area of ulceration. ...Read more

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Is a soft tissue tumor and a soft tissue calcifaction the same thing?

Is a soft tissue tumor and a soft tissue calcifaction the same thing?

Not the same: A tumor is a mass of tissue which is abnormal. Soft tissue tumors can begin in fat, muscle, blood vessels, tendons nerves & joint linings. A calcification occurs when calcium salts build up in body tissue. There are a number of causes of calcification. Sometimes a tumor may be calcified. Soft tissue tumors & calcifications are not the same thing. ...Read more

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Are soft tissue models in the lungs cancerous?

Are soft tissue models in the lungs cancerous?

Suspicious : Any mass or lump in the lung is suspicious . If you are talking about a lump you feel in the soft tissue around the chest cavity area . These are not malignant ...Read more

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What are characteristics of soft tissue sarcomas?

What are characteristics of soft tissue sarcomas?

Wildly variable: "soft tissue sarcomas" encompass over 100 different types of cancers, depending on what tissue it started in (fat, supporting tissue, muscle, bone, guts, etc.); within each tissue type, there are dozens of different cancers. In general, they are lumps under the skin, sometimes with overlying skin color or contour changes. Often neglected because not painful. See a good surgeon, and good luck! ...Read more

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What is fibrocollagenous tissue and adipose tissue?

Good question: Fibrocollagenous tissue is the connective tissue throughout our bodies that help maintain shape and function. Adipose tissue is fat. ...Read more

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How to treat soft tissue sarcoma?

Surgery +radiate: The main therapy for soft tissue sarcoma is complete surgical resection with negative (i.e. Clean) surgical margins. Depending on the type and grade of sarcoma, radiation therapy after surgery may also be indicated. Chemotherapy is generally only given if the sarcoma has spread to distant sites. ...Read more

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Can melanoma grow back in scar tissue?

Can melanoma grow back in scar tissue?

Sure...: ...if not entirely removed the first time. Don't delay getting rechecked please. ...Read more

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Tongue biopsy scar tissue permanent?

Yes: Any biopsy will heal normally with some scar tissue. This is true in the tongue or anywhere else. Like other scars a tongue scar will slowly improve with tiime. ...Read more

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What is a soft tissue lesion?

What is a soft tissue lesion?

Soft tissue: soft tissue lesion is something that normally does not belong at that location but its exact etiology is not known. Usually a persistent lesion will warrant an excision or biopsy to establish its cellular nature ...Read more

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3.3cm soft tissue dens ant/sup mediastinum likely residual or reactive thymus tissue? Does ur need biopsy?

3.3cm soft tissue dens ant/sup mediastinum likely residual or reactive thymus tissue? Does ur need biopsy?

Could be either: The thymus tends to involute in adults and often is just a small vestige of an organ. It can however become active under certain circumstances. The most concerning issue would be a thymoma or tumor of the thymus gland. That is often seen in neurological conditions like myasthenia gravis. I would be curious to know how/why this was found. ...Read more

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What's the survval time for soft tissue sarcoma cancer patients?

Variable: Most patients with soft tissue sarcomas can be cured and have a normal life span. Even in cases where sarcoma had spread, cure can sometimes be achieved. In cases where it cannot be cured, patients may live from weeks to years. It depends on the sarcoma type and the patient. Nobody can predict survival of any one patient. We only know statistics for large groups. ...Read more

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Large non mass asymetric enhancement of palpable area breast pain both nipple reddish with yellow crust image biopsy benign tissue missed cancer?

Large non mass asymetric enhancement of palpable area
 breast pain 
both nipple reddish with yellow crust 
image biopsy benign tissue 
missed cancer?

I do not know: But a recommendation would be to see a breast specialist to assure you get a second opinion and know then that you definitively do not have a more serious issue. ...Read more

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Is scar tissue likely to become skin cancer?

Is scar tissue likely to become skin cancer?

It can: The following risk factors increase the risk of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers: •old scars, burns, ulcers, or areas of inflammation on the skin. (this is taken from the national cancer institute website). ...Read more

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What is "soft tissue abnormality?"

What is "soft tissue abnormality?"

Nonspecific: Term. It refers to something abnormal is the soft tissues (muscle, skin, etc.) as opposed to an abnormality in the bone or bowel. The phrase alone provides no significant information and requires further elaboration. ...Read more

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Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?

Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?

Marker not prognosis: CK7 and calretinin are used to verify that the tumor is mesothelial in origin (versus adenocarcinoma of the lung). It does not provide information about prognosis. Factors associated with pleural mesothelioma prognosis include: functional status, blood counts, histology (epithelial best vs fibrosarcomatous poorest), and tumor size (degree of involvement of pleural cavity). Several new trials. ...Read more

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Whats' the difference between a tendon sheath tumor and soft tissue sarcoma?

Benign vs malignant: A tendon sheath tumor could be a malignant sarcoma or a benign tumor (by definition not a sarcoma). ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more