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Tumor On The Brain
What is the difference between a hyperintensity on the brain and a tumor on the brain? How can they tell whether a hyperintensity is a tumor or not?
Brain imaging: One is a description of what an image appears like to the interpreting radiologist on a radiographic study. Its like saying dark, light, etc in relation to its surroundings. A tumor is an actual pathologic diagnosis that requires a sample of tissue, generally through a biopsy. ...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
Depends on type: A brain tumor's prognosis depends not just on size, but what type of tumor it is, where it is located, if there are others as well in the brain, and if it can be removed. 3 cm is about the size of a peach pit, but is not necessarily considered large in the brain - it depends on the other factors listed above too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Communicate with doc: Different brain tumors have varying outcomes, and if you have a meningioma, it will be very slow growing, and maybe require infrequent imaging. In many cases, films every 6-12 months suffice. Best approach is to see a neurosurgeon, at least every 6 months, and follow advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Occasionally: Secondary cancer. Wilms tumor survivors have a small risk of developing another type of cancer within 15 years after wilms tumor was first diagnosed. The most important risk factors are whether treatment included radiation therapy and doxorubicin. Wilms tumor in children can also spread or metastasis thru the bloodstream to the brain, lungs or lymph nodes occasionally in children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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