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What if the tumor can’t be removed by surgery?

What if the tumor can’t be removed by surgery?

Chemo-, Radiation Rx: In general, we have three tools to treat any cancer: surgery, radiation rx and chemo rx. To answer this question accurately, it would be most helpful to know what type of cancer you are referring to; however, in general, if we cannot surgically remove a tumor, we often try and shrink it with chemo and/or radiation rx. Sometimes, after this treatment, we can then surgically remove the tumor. ...Read more

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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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Going to have surgery to remove a soft tissue tumor within 2 months, but i just want to know, how serious is this?

Going to have surgery to remove a soft tissue tumor within 2 months, but i just want to know, how serious is this?

Soft tissue tumor: It depends the nature of your soft tissue tumor. If it is benign, you don't need to worry about anything. If it is a malignant one (so called sarcoma), treatment plan would be significantly different. In the latter case, please consult your oncologist for specific treatment plan. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with a warthin's tumor and needs surgery to remove it. What should we be concerned with in regards to this procedure?

My brother was diagnosed with a warthin's tumor and needs surgery to remove it. What should we be concerned with in regards to this procedure?

Have surgery, go on.: It's also called: papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum, and is 8x > in smokers, occurs in men and women and in 5% - 14% or cases, warthin's tumor is bilateral. Warthin's tumor is highly unlikely to become malignant. This is not to be confused with wharton's duct, which is the name for the submandibular duct. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/warthin%27s_tumor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tumor surgery?

What is the definition or description of: tumor surgery?

Tumor surgery: This is a general term. Tumor just means lump or mass, but is often used to describe cancer. A surgery to remove a tumor can be quite simple like removing a lipoma which is superficial all the way to a very complex surgery like the whipple which is used to remove tumors in the pancreas. Usually the mass and a margin of normal tissue is removed. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the surgery for removing a renal tumor?

How dangerous is the surgery for removing a renal tumor?

Risk &: Surgery go hand in hand, including anesthesia. However, this is not the most risky surgery, there are more than one approach, and different technologies. Broach the subject and your concern about risk with your surgeon, and seek a second opinion to determine who do you trust more. ...Read more

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How long does a surgery take to remove a meningioma tumor ?

How long does a surgery take to remove a meningioma tumor ?

Tumor firmness: In addition to size and location, time and difficulty of surgery also depends on the consistency of the tumor--whether it is soft or hard. Sometimes, these tumors can infiltrate the underlying brain, and this also makes them harder. Encompassing major arteries, veins, or nerves, also can make things more challenging. Operating in the bottom part of the brain also requires more durable closure. ...Read more

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I'm going for surgery to get my desmoid tumors out should I be worried?

I'm going for surgery to get my desmoid tumors out should I be worried?

Confidence : You must have complete confidence in your surgeon. Desmoids are generally benign. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohal after gama knife surgery how many time it takes to destroy the tumor?

Can I drink alcohal after gama knife surgery how many time it takes to destroy the tumor?

Gamma knife almost: Always means a single session...The action may take weeks to months to assess regression and assess for other lesions. I would be very cautious about alcohol and not grant permision unless it is granted by your neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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Please help? My boobs got bigger after tumor removal. Is it because of the surgery or other factors?

Please help? My boobs got bigger after tumor removal. Is it because of the surgery or other factors?

Need more info....: Was the tumor in your breast? Was it benign or cancerous. How long ago? Have you gained weight since? Enlargement of both breasts at age 49 usually is unrelated to any type of surgery. Extra estrogen (from pills, patches, or your natural hormones) can make the breasts swell. I hate to mention it, but could you be pregnant? Weight gain is a common cause. See your doctor if none of these. ...Read more

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