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Tumor Size Chart
"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
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
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.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
I have a lump in my arpit it is soft and have had for a few years size seems to be same ckecked and said fat tumor should I be concerned?
No: Unless it bothers you, leave it alone. These lipomas are common. ...Read more
Is there anything that can be done about neurofibromatosis? Either to slow or stop the growth of new tumors? Reduce the size of existing ones?
Not usually: Many women with nf1 note increase in growth of preexisting tumors during pregnancy.Adults with nf1 acquire more tumors with age. Nfs develop gradually over time, may continue to grow in size for period of time. Nothing person can do to prevent. Nf. May be removed by surgery or occasionally by laser. If neurofibroma is removed, may or may not grow back. No effect by foods, smoking, caffeine or heat. ...Read more
I have back pain. I feel that I have back tumor. It's size is small now. But growing faster. When I lay down, I feel pain on specific area.
A "back tumor":
Would be VERY VERY RARE at your age! See your Primary Care Provider for an exam!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Again: I just answered your question. Have a doctor examine you. ...Read more
No: Small tumors can be malignant, and tend to grow and spread if left untreated. Benign tumors can also grow, and somtimes get big because of lack of symptoms. Only way to tell benign from malignant is to look at cells under microscope. ...Read more
Hard to say:
It would depend. Benign ovarian masses can have all types go growth rates. I suspect that you mean a cancer
if malignant it's growth depends on the grade. I suspect tha this is what you mean. The higher the grade the faster the growth and the shorter the time.
Your doctor can fill in the blanks and describe the growth rate for you. ...Read more
I am trying to find out some information on fibroid tumors and the increase in size and if I should be worried.?
Not unless very fast: Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. ...Read more
Can a cancerous lump stay the same size for say 4 years? I've read about encapsulation but don't know if that stops the growth of a tumor
Depends on: A lot of things, but if the lump/mass is truly malignant/cancerous, it is rare that it does not grow at all for 4 years. Encapsulation is not really relevant to growth of a malignant tumor, although it might have something to do with its metastatic potential. ...Read more
How small of a tumor can ultrasound find? I know the technology is getting better all the time, but what's the smallest size tumor modern ultrasound equipment can detect?
Depends on organ: Ultrasound of the thyroid can find 3 mm nodules; but, this level of sensitivity is not quite a good in the liver or breast. It depends on the organ being evaluated. Ovary, liver, pancreas, prostate, thyroid, lung and even esophagus can all be test by ultrasound. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a grapefruit sized fibroid tumor-- is it ok to wait 4months to have myomectomy?
Likely yes: The ultrasound exam should indicate any changes in the leiomyoma (fibroid tumor) that would be cause for concern. Otherwise, waiting four months, as the tumor has likely been around for many years, should not be an issue. You should definitely discuss this with your gyn surgeon, though. ...Read more
I recently had an ovarian tumor removed the size of a golf ball and a half, is that the normal size for an ovarian tumor?
Can be: Ovarian growths can range from about grape size to more than a large watermelon. Most ovarian growths are fluid filled, related to the menstrual cycle and resolve spontaneously. Occasionally a growth may be solid or a mixture of fluid and solid- some of which need to be removed. Hope yours was ok. ...Read more
Pancreatic tumor has not decreased in size after chemo and radiotherapy and is not resectable now. How else can tumor be decreased?
Chemotherapy: Is tumor marker (CA19.9) rising? Any evidence of tumor metastases to other organs now? If the tumor is truly progressed or failed on the previous treatment, a different chemotherapy (available as a salvage treatment for pancreatic cancer) or clinical trial may be considered. Suggest to discuss with your oncologist about your current disease status and options forward. ...Read more
Friend has an baseball sized tumor? Growth on the outside of his chest. It looks soft & says it 's bleeds when he moves to fast& 2 tiny 1's on arm
May be sarcoma: Most common lesions to reach baseball size on chest wall are lipomas. However they don't bleed. One must consider if primary, that lesion is a form of angiosarcoma or vascular dysplastic melanoma. Treatment never offered unless dx available. If easily resectable, this approach needed. Two other lesions may represent mets and once dx made, PET/CAT important to find other possible sites. ...Read more
Glisarcoma tumor grade 4' surgery and radiotherapy done in the month of march 2012.Latest MRI findings increase in the size of the tumor. Plz suggest?
I'm sorry but: This is the usual outcome with gbm and gliosarcoma is just a pathological finding with the same outcome. Usually chemotherapy is added at the outset (temozolamide). Now, anti-vascular drugs like bevasuzumab are tried to control the pace, sometimes re-resection, and re-irradiation, but recurrence does not portend well for you. ...Read more
How much is the smallest size for spinal tumors mama size 4mm and has 3 spots at the bottom of dahr, this tumor has spread forth from tumor had 8 year?
Tumors can be any size. They arise from individual cells than form a clone. Whether or not this is the same tumor needs to be determined by a biopsy.
Please see your doctor. ...Read more
Small lesions: Gamma knife is effective in lesions about 3 cm in size. If somewhat larger, the cyber knife can be used which can handle lesions up to 6 cm. ...Read more
Hard to believe: Small tumors rarely if ever cause symptoms. Pea sized tumors in the adrenal are most often found when evaluating symptoms from other causes. I would not hang one's hat on the adrenal being the answer. ...Read more