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What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

What is worse a malignant tumor or benign tumor?

Usually malignant: Malignant tumors tend to spread all over the body. Benign tumors tend to spread locally. If a benign tumor is in a bad place, then local spread can be very serious. You can't always ignore a tumor just because it is benign. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Does a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant tumour?

Does a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant tumour?

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

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Could a noncancerous lung tumor turn cancerous without warning?

Could a noncancerous lung tumor turn cancerous without warning?

Only certain types: Some noncancerous lung tumors are benign and will always remain benign. Other noncancerous tumors, such as bronchoalveolar carcinomas (now called carcinoma in-situ) can become cancerous tumors. ...Read more

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Could the size of a brain tumor have any significance whether its benign or malignant?

Could the size of a brain tumor have any significance whether its benign or malignant?

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

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Could a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant one?

Could a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant one?

Yes: Benign or malignant, a mass can obstruct the gut or some other hollow organ, compress the nearby brain, become infected or necrotc, produce a troublesome hormone, or simply announce itself as a palpable mass in the breast, or on under the skin, or in a bone. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

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

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What are the symptoms of benign tumour and malignated tumor?

What are the symptoms of benign tumour and malignated tumor?

Well, that really: depends on the type of tumor it is (specifically). Benign means it isn't cancer. Malignant means it is cancer.Take care. ...Read more

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Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

Is ectopic hamartomatous thymoma a benign or malignant tumor?

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 more

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Could a large lung tumor be benign?

Could a large lung tumor be benign?

Yes: In fact, very large tumors are frequently benign, as they may grow slowly and cause few symptoms until they are very large. ...Read more

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Can a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant one?

Can a benign tumour exhibit similar symptoms to a malignant one?

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

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Could an eye orbital mass be metastatic lung cancer from a 11 mm lung nodule, with no swollen glands or other evidence of cancer?

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

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A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

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

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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?

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?

Report: is consistent with current changes in your breast tissue. This is not cancer; however, requires very careful repeat examination and imaging with tight follow up. ...Read more

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Can a benign tumor metastasize?

Can a benign tumor metastasize?

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

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Describe the features of a benign tumor.?

Describe the features of a benign tumor.?

Location and type: Benign means it is not a cancer but features would depend on tumor type and location. Need additional information. ...Read more

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What are the factors that make a lung nodule benign vs malignant?

What are the factors that make a lung nodule benign vs malignant?

Difficult to explain: Tumors, primary or metastatic tend to grow more rapidly, may be associated with weight loss, positive positron scan, malignant cells in sputum, fine needle aspirate or on biopsy. Often the distinction is difficult. ...Read more

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How do a benign tumor and a malignant tumor differ?

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

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Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

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 more

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What is the probability of a lung tumor not being cancerous?

What is the probability of a lung tumor not being cancerous?

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

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Could a noncancerous lung tumor turn cancerous without warning?

Only certain types: Some noncancerous lung tumors are benign and will always remain benign. Other noncancerous tumors, such as bronchoalveolar carcinomas (now called carcinoma in-situ) can become cancerous tumors. ...Read more

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If my grandma has a lung tumor/cancer, how can I support her?

If my grandma has a lung tumor/cancer, how can I support her?

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

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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 more

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Could a large lung tumor be benign?

Yes: In fact, very large tumors are frequently benign, as they may grow slowly and cause few symptoms until they are very large. ...Read more

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Lung tumor symptoms?

Lung tumor symptoms?

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

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Please tell me, could a large lung tumor be benign?

Please tell me, could a large lung tumor be benign?

Not cancer?: There are growths in the lungs which when worked up need not be cancer. I have seen large tuberculoma, large granuloma, tumor like cyst from a parasite, and an involuted scar from an old infection. They may be more on the rare side, but can happen. ...Read more

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What are common lung tumor problems?

What are common lung tumor problems?

Leading cause of : Cancer death. Lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer in both men and women in the us. Go to this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038. ...Read more

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Will i be able to feel a lung tumor?

Will i be able to feel a lung tumor?

Usually not: One of the problems with lung tumors is that in the early growth, they cause no symptoms and so can get quite large in some cases before detection. The most common early symptoms are chronic coughing, frequent infections and coughing up blood. ...Read more

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Is a 2-3 CM lung tumor small or considered early stage?

Is a 2-3 CM lung tumor small or considered early stage?

Depends: Staging has more to do with whether it has spread or not - not the size. Typically the larger the tumor, the more likely it is to spread. ...Read more

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My friend has a lung tumor that did not fully go away with chemo so what is next step?

My friend has a lung tumor that did not fully go away with chemo so what is next step?

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

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Can you guys tell me how big does a lung tumor have to get for doctors to do anything?

See below: Lung nodules are easier to evaluate when they are 1 cm or bigger, at which time we can evaluate them by biopsy or by pet. When the lung lesion is known to be cancerous, management depends on if it has spread elsewhere & if surgery would be indicated/possible. ...Read more

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Could a small lung tumor be overlooked by a chest xray?

Could a small lung tumor be overlooked by a chest xray?

Yes: Usually by the time a tumor is visible on chest x-ray it is fairly large. There is currently no reliable screening procedure for lung cancer. ...Read more

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Can lung tumor be treated? How?

Can lung tumor be treated? How?

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

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Does getting a lung tumor removed affect mood?

It can: It is not uncommon for patients to feel a little down after lung surgery. It is important to eat, even if you have no appetite, and stay active. Staying active includes walking, deep breathing, and not spending a lot of time sitting or lying in bed. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a cancerious lung tumor is pressing on the asocicoficous? Sorry about spelling.

What does it mean when a cancerious lung tumor is pressing on the asocicoficous? Sorry about spelling.

Esophagus: The esophagus is the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach. It sounds like you are described a mass in the chest that is pressing against the esophagus. This could cause difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Could I have a lung tumor if chronic cough?

Could I have a lung tumor if chronic cough?

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 more

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Could a 1mm lung tumor cause any paraneoplastic syndrome? From my little knowledge these are related to small cell tumors? Thanks for any information

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

Lung (Definition)

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


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