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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.
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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

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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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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?

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

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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.

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!
Stop worrying...ACT!
Good Luck!
Hope this helps!
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Are benign tumors malignant when they are growing bigger in size?

Are benign tumors malignant when they are growing bigger in size?

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

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If ovarian tumor is the size of a small egg, how long has it been growing?

If ovarian tumor is the size of a small egg, how long has it been growing?

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

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I am trying to find out some information on fibroid tumors and the increase in size and if I should be worried.?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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How can I shrink the size of pituitary gland tumor (non cancerous)?

How can I shrink the size of pituitary gland tumor (non cancerous)?

Depends on the type: Prolactinomas are common benign tumors of the pituitary and many respond to medications. Dopamine agonists such as bromocriptine, Cabergoline and pergolide will decrease the prolactin level and may, in some cases, shrink the tumor. ...Read more

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