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Symptoms Of A Lung Tumor Benign Or Cancerous
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
In some ways, occass: Tumor simply means growth. The simple definition of "malignant" includes the ability to invade and metastasize. If a tumor does not have both of those characteristics than it is not malignant. That being said, a benign tumor can grow to large sizes or be in a location that could give the same symptoms as a malignant growth in the same location. There are many examples. ...Read more
Typically not: The size of a tumor usually doesn't determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. I've had patients with very large tumors that are benign and tiny tumors that are malignant. Whether or not a tumor is benign or malignant depends on what type of cells the tumor is composed of. Often the only way to determine this is with biopsy. ...Read more
Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more
Depends: A thymoma is a malignant tumor of the thymus, and the seriousness depends on details in the pathology report. An ectopic thymus and a hamartoma are both benign, but if the report says "thymoma" then it is probably malignant although not necessarily very serious if completely removed. Discuss with your surgeon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well....: They could both grow to a large size and cause local damage and even death but malignant tumors would behave more aggressive locally and of course, they can spread (metastasize). ...Read more
Could an eye orbital mass be metastatic lung cancer from a 11 mm lung nodule, with no swollen glands or other evidence of cancer?
Time has taught me..: ..That with cancer almost anything is possible. That said, it would be unlikely for a 1cm lung "nodule" to go only to the orbit, especially if it is not proven to be cancer. I would suggest you discuss this with your doc (there may be details he/she knows that we don't) but seems to me that further imaging or maybe a biopsy are considerations if either of those 2 lesions are suspicious enough. ...Read more
Generally yes: Most benign tumors are not capable of spreading an invading distant organs. That being said, there are rare examples of benign tumors that get so big that they can cause major symptoms and medical problems. Thankfully, these are pretty unusual. ...Read more
Mri biopsy of 6cm non mass : variable fibroadipose tissue and a tiny cyst lined by epocrine metaplasia. Is this benign breast disease or missed cancer?
No.: By definition, a benign tumor does not metastasize (spread to other sites by invading the blood stream or lymphatic system). Extremely rare cases of 'parasitic' or implanted benign tumors (eg leiomyomas of the uterus) are recognized to occur in sites outside their normal origin, but this is thought to be a result of some form of tissue transplantation, and not true tumor ''metastasis' ...Read more
Aggressiveness: Benign tumors, while problematic, tend not to be as aggressive nor as invasive--with less potential to spread. Generally these may be removed without danger of returning. They have no cancerous cells. Malignant tumors spread more invasively & are derived from uncontrolled cancer cell growth that can metastasize to other parts of of the body. These have the risk of returning after surgery or chemo. ...Read more
Neither: Acrochordons are a fancy name for skin tags, which are benign (not cancerous) growths that tend to occur as we age. They can often be found on the neck, armpits, and groin-- pretty much anywhere where the skin tends to rub. No one knows what causes them, but they are definitely not dangerous. Many things can look like skin tags though, so best to see your dermatologist to check them out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is finding polyp (benign or cancerous) during colonscopy in 32 y/o a sign of cancer syndrome, even without family history of cancer?
Depends on size & #.: Lung cancer is the most common visceral cancer in the world today. Because of this, the presence of a mass lesion in the lungs is concerning. Importantly, not all lung tumors are malignant, and that is good news. The most common type of benign tumor is called a pulmonary hamartoma. These benign tumors account for about 10% of small solitary lung lesions identified by imaging studies. ...Read more
Kindness: If this is treatable, or she is having only palliative care, simple kindness and willingness to help her out with chores is the best thing you can do. It's not catching; touch her. If it is smoking-related, don't remind her -- once a child becomes addicted, it is very difficult to stop. Usually this is fatal; you have a limited time to thank her for all her goodness. God bless you both. ...Read more
My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?
Hard to say: Lung cancer often spreads to the adrenal glands, but adrenal tumors are often benign. The best predictor of how well your friend will do is how quickly the tumor is growing. If he truly had nothing there in march and now, despite chemotherapy, has large adrenal tumors growing that is not a good sign. If, however, your frined has had adrenal tumors all along, then the prognosis is much better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest x-ray/MRI/PET: There could be blood in the sputum, that is always a cause for concern and gets people motivated. However, pain is usually not a symptom, until later in the process. Seeing your pcp and asking for a chest x-ray is a great place to start! the pcp will help guide you from there. If you suspect something let him/her know, so they can rule that question out, or substantiate your suspicion. ...Read more
The only: Lung cancer i expect a complete response to is small cell. The next steps vary depending on what the plan was: was t given before surgery? Radiotherapy? Was the expectation that the chemotherapy was curative? Go with him to the medical oncology visit scheduled to review the tratment plan, and the next steps in work up of response, and plans for further treatment. ...Read more
Yes, of course!: All tumors can be treated. First we need to find out the nature of the tumor...the real diagnosis.?? Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, then we can offer you a plan of treatment. What exactly have your doctors advised you to do next??? ...Read more
What does it mean when a cancerious lung tumor is pressing on the asocicoficous? Sorry about spelling.
Possibly...: The most common etiologies of a chronic cough are bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. If you have smoked, there is a risk of malignancy. So, if you have a cough for 3 weeks or more, you should see your doctor and find out the etiology of the cough so treatment can be rendered. If you currently smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could a 1mm lung tumor cause any paraneoplastic syndrome? From my little knowledge these are related to small cell tumors? Thanks for any information
That's really tiny: Paraneoplastic syndromes from occult lung cancer are not subtle. You're paralyzed, or very weak and can barely get out of bed, or you are suddenly blind, or are very and inexplicably hyponatremic, or you are stir-crazy. I'd dismiss paraneoplastic cushingism unless your face is strikingly red and puffy. 1 mm "spots" are extremely common in healthy folks; if considering surgery, be wary. ...Read more
Binoculars: To see the moon versus hubble telescope to see the moon. The devil is in the detail. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
"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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