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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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Whether the malignant tumors are always small in size?

Whether the malignant tumors are always small in size?

In early stages: All malignant tumors start as a single deranged cell and grow gradually. So all of them are small at some stage of their development. Most malignant tumor kill before they reach a size of about one Kg (two pounds). Benign tumors can grow to be tens of pounds. ...Read more

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Can a simple fatty tumor grow in size?

Can a simple fatty tumor grow in size?

Yes: The standard lipoma presents as small subcutaneous soft nodules 1-2 cm. in diameter. Occassionally one sees an extremity lesion, or one of retroperitoneum, lipomatous in origin reaching 20 cm. or more in size. If a small lipoma grows quickly and obtains a 10 cm. dia. it should be resected, because here a malignant change to liposarcoma is possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a cancerous tumor to remain the exact same size and shape for 4 years?

Is it possible for a cancerous tumor to remain the exact same size and shape for 4 years?

No: Uncontrolled growth is one of the hallmarks of cancer. It a lump has not increased in size in 4 years, by definition it is not cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is a tumor on my normal size spleen anything to be worries about? Any additional tests recommended?

Is a tumor on my normal size spleen anything to be worries about? Any additional tests recommended?

Be more exact: We need complete information about your Spleen and the tumor. Send us the exact information from the Tests done which showed this tumor. Was it a CT scan that shows this tumor? The radiologist can indicate whether it is likely to be benign(?cystic) or potentially cancerous (size matters here). A properly done CT scan or MRI can answer your questions. Ask your doctor about all of above. ...Read more

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As to nerve sheath tumors in thecal sac at l-4, in your experience do they typically grow or do they usually remain stable in size?

As to nerve sheath tumors in thecal sac at l-4, in your experience do they typically grow or do they usually remain stable in size?

Different speed: All tumors will grow, benign rumors grow very slowly and malignant tutors grow much quicker. Nerve sheath rumors are usually benign. Best to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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At what size could a pituary tumor cause high cortisol?

At what size could a pituary tumor cause high cortisol?

Small adenoma can do: Pituitary adenomas can cause hormonal access like you are concerned about. They can start producing symptoms when they are quite small like the size of a beebe (5 mm to 10 mm). When left untreated they can grow up to 1-3 cm before there are local pressure symptoms like vision problems. ...Read more

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What's the average/typical size of ovarian tumors that are cancerous?

Size is not criteria: Benign cysts could be huge , malignant ovarian tumors could be very small , so size is not the criteria . Go for regular gyn examinations , sonograms if indicated and follow your doctors advise . ...Read more

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I have a tumor in pituatry gland. That too of size 7x4. Will it be cured?

I have a tumor in pituatry gland. That too of size 7x4.  Will it be cured?

It must be: 7 x 4 mm's or your symptoms would include endocrine and visual. Pituitary tumors are benign, they do not metastasize, but can recur. There are also adjacent tumors, craniopharyngioma for one. Most are approached surgically for cure. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a size limit for tumors which can be operated with laser technique?

Please let me know if there is a size limit for tumors which can be operated with laser technique?

Leave it to Surgeons: That is too technical a question for you to be concerned about. Surgeons can cut out tumors with knife or all kinds of laser-like devices...Size does not matter . It all depending on where the tumor is located, rest he/she will know how to cut it out. ...Read more