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What is a desmoid tumor?

What is a desmoid tumor?

Soft tissue tumor: A desmoid is a rare soft-tissue tumor that looks like scar tissue. Desmoids do not spread throughout the body like other types of tumor, and aren't really considered "cancerous". They are lumps that continue to grow in one place, destroying the tissue around them. They can occur inside or outside the body. Go to www.Dtrf.Org for more information. ...Read more

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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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What is a desmoid tumour or fibromitosis?

What is a desmoid tumour or fibromitosis?

Tumor of fibroblast: Fibroblasts are the cells in your body that create collagen or scar tissue. These tumors are made of these cells that grow out of control and invade tissues where they don't belong. Even though they are benign, they can aggressively keep coming back if they are not entirely removed at the time of the first surgery. ...Read more

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What is a chondroblastoma tumor?

What is a chondroblastoma tumor?

Benign bone tumor: Chondroblastoma is a benign bone tumor of cartilaginous origin. It appears mostly in young patients at the epiphyseal ends of long bones such as femur. Among the tumors this lesion is relatively rare. ...Read more

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What is a neuroendocrine tumour?

What is a neuroendocrine tumour?

Hormonal Tumors: There are some substances released in the body called hormones such as insulin, thyroid hormone etc and there are other substances called neurotransmitters such as Epinephrine which is released in the brain and in between the nerves. So, a tumor arising in any part of the body which releases these substances is called a neuroendocrine tumor. ...Read more

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What is a fibroid cytoma tumor?

What is a fibroid cytoma tumor?

Soft tissue tumor: Fibrous histiocytoma or Dermatofibromas are hard solitary slow-growing lesions that may appear in a variety of colours, usually brownish to tan. They are often elevated or pedunculated. Some believe that dermatofibromas form as a reaction to previous skin injuries. They are composed of disordered collagen laid down by fibroblasts The malignant variety (MFH), a type of sarcoma, is a malignant neoplasm of uncertain origin that arises both in soft tissue and bone. This lesion is rich in histiocytes with a storiform growth pattern and is now considered the most common soft tissue sarcoma in adults. ...Read more

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What is a pituitary tumor?

What is a pituitary tumor?

A growth: A pituitary tumor is simply a growth on the pituitary. It's not cancerous but it could cause problems by increasing or decreasing pituitary hormone secretion. It can also cause visual problems if it's big enough. ...Read more

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What is a pineal tumor?

What is a pineal tumor?

A brain tumor: A pineal tumor is an abnormal growth in the pineal gland, which is in the center of the brain. It can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer). Even benign pineal tumors may cause severe symptoms like vision loss, headaches, and hormone problems due to the location. ...Read more

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What is a fatty tumor?

What is a fatty tumor?

Lipoma (LYE-PO-MAH): Lipomas are benign tumors composed of fat calls. They may occur anywhere on the body, usually under the skin but over the fascia that covers muscles; less frequently, they are deep to the fascia. Surgical removal is optional, often dependent on discomfort, rapid growth, and/or cosmetic concerns. In general, they are very easy to remove, often under local anesthesia in an office setting. ...Read more

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What is a fatty tumor?

What is a fatty tumor?

Lipoma: Doctors are usually referring to a soft growth composed of a benign tumor that developed from fat cells. They usually are very slow growing and don't cause problems but easily excised. However a liposarcoma can also appear the same and be more aggressive and are malignant. ...Read more

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What is a tumor lysis syndrome?

What is a tumor lysis syndrome?

Well-known: Phosphate (which binds and lowers calcium), uric acid, and potassium are released from dying cells. During induction chemotherapy, usually leukemia / lymphoma, so many cancer cells may die off that these products can make a person sick. Today's oncologists are very familiar with handling this. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is a fibroliposarcoma?

What is a fibroliposarcoma?

It is a cancer: It is a Cancer of soft tissues often called a sarcoma. Why did you ask? Give us some history???? ...Read more

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What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

What is the difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor?

Spreading: A benign tumor will get larger but stay in one place. A malignant tumor grows but also spreads to other places in the body to form more growths called "metastases". These are microscopic at first but then get bigger and spread further. Some types of cancers spread very early in their existence and others grow in one place for a while before spreading. Doctors know where spreading is likely to go. ...Read more

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Is a lipoma tumor cause cancer?

Is a lipoma tumor cause cancer?

Depends on : Size and location. Lipomas that are larger than 10 cm or 4 inches can turn into malignant sarcomas, but even this is uncommon. Lipomata that are deep to the muscle layer have a higher incidence of malignancy. Sometimes lipomas can cause pain and tenderness, too, even though most are asymptomatic except for its apearance. ...Read more

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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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What is a benign cancer example?

What is a benign cancer example?

Benign tumor: Benign cancer is an oxymoron, you probably mean a benign tumor, cancers are by definition malignant. Examples of common benign tumors are, lipoma, uterine fibroid/leiomyoma, colonic polyp, and most nevi/moles. ...Read more

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What exactly is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

What exactly is a subtle enlargement of a grade-2 glioma or tumour?

Tumor growing: But subtle means slowly if it's been a while between scans. Grade ii gliomas grow slowly by definition. The need to remain vigilant is that 70% of gliomas are mixed tumors and have mixed grades within them. Therefore, we watch them closely for growth. ...Read more

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What is a neoplasm? is it related to a bone tumor?

What is a neoplasm? is it related to a bone tumor?

Occassionally: A neoplasm is a tumor when classified as malignant has potential to metastasize. Depending on surface glycoproteins developing in the primary lesion, metatastsis is predefined when tumor invades blood stream. Certain lesion only go to lung or liver or to bone. When small e-cadherons form they promote spread and one site is a metastatic bone tumor. Some neoplasms are primary bone in origin. ...Read more

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What is a neoplasm? is it related to a bone tumor?

What is a neoplasm? is it related to a bone tumor?

It is a tumor: A new growth or tumor can also be called a neoplasm. it basically raises question that there is a growth which can be cancerous. So you must seek medical attention and find out what this growth is all about and seek immediate medical treatments. ...Read more

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What is a mucinous carcinoma?

What is a mucinous carcinoma?

The term is used: In ovarain cancers and rarely in breast cancer, also called colloid carcinoma there. It shows cell making mucin, usually from a tumor with the characteristics of an adenocarcinoma. ...Read more

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What is a liposarcoma?

What is a  liposarcoma?

Liposarcoma: Is a malignant tumor that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue and is most frequent in middle-aged and older adults (age 40 and above). ...Read more

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What is a desmoid tumor?

Soft tissue tumor: A desmoid is a rare soft-tissue tumor that looks like scar tissue. Desmoids do not spread throughout the body like other types of tumor, and aren't really considered "cancerous". They are lumps that continue to grow in one place, destroying the tissue around them. They can occur inside or outside the body. Go to www.Dtrf.Org for more information. ...Read more

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What do doctors not know about desmoid tumors?

What do doctors not know about desmoid tumors?

Behavior/testing: There are a variety of tumors under this umbrella name. Some of them occur in young while others in older age groups. Some are frankly cancerous, others not. We are still learning better ways to diagnose, predict behavior and find better ways to treat some of the more aggressive ones and ones that occur in uncommon areas like the brain. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of desmoid tumors?

What are the most common causes of desmoid tumors?

FAP and pregnancy: The exact cause of desmoid tumors is unknown but they appear intrabdominally in about 20-30% of people who have a genetic condition called fap (familial adenomatous polyposis). Sporadically, they can occur in the abdominal wall or extremities during or following pregnancy or sometimes following trauma or surgery. These tumors rarely spread but can be locally aggressive causing pain or obstruction. ...Read more

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I'm going for surgery to get my desmoid tumors out should I be worried?

I'm going for surgery to get my desmoid tumors out should I be worried?

Confidence : You must have complete confidence in your surgeon. Desmoids are generally benign. ...Read more

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What are the best medicines for treatment of desmoid tumors?

What are the best medicines for treatment of desmoid tumors?

Antiestogens: Desmoid tumors are low grade fibrous tumors that occur on the abdominal wall or extra abdominally. Surgical resection with margins indicated. Pharmacologic therapy with antiestrogens (tamoxifen) and prostaglandin inhibitors may also be used. In cases of recurrent extra-abdominal desmoid tumors a chemotherapeutic regimen of doxorubicin, dacarbazine, and carboplatin may be effective ...Read more

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I have a desmoid tumor in my adbominal wall by the rectus muscle should I remove it?

I have a desmoid tumor in my adbominal wall by the rectus muscle should I remove it?

Your Doc advice??: The doctor who diagnosed you to have desmoid tumnor must have given you some advice! What did he ask you to do???. Please tell us the full story, then we can guide you further. Desmoid Tumor is a low grade cancer, so removal of the tumor is the best choice to be able to control it.. ...Read more

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Can desmoid tumors be found in the brain?

Can desmoid tumors be found in the brain?

NOT USUALLY: These types of tumors are rare, and I have limited experience, but of those I have seen, were located within shoulder and brachial plexus (very gadolinium positive). Am unaware of this type of tumor involving brain intrinsically or extrinsically, and the vast majority of primary brain tumors are derived from basic brain cellular components. ...Read more

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Specifically, can a desmoid tumor be found in the brain?

Very Rare: Desmoid tumors do not arise directly in the brain, however, these tumors can rarely occur intracranially, meaning inside the skull. This has been reported most often in children with an inherited condition called fap (familial adenomatous polyposis). Desmoids in location mag be impossible to remove and can gtow back after surgery so treatment usually includes chemotherapy and/or radiation ...Read more

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I have FAP and 2 intra abdominal wall Desmoid tumours, I had a ct scan which shows some white spots, what could they be?

I have FAP and 2 intra abdominal wall Desmoid tumours, I had a ct scan which shows some white spots, what could they be?

Possible mets.: Patients with familial adenomatous polyps due to APC mutation gradually develop hundreds colorectal polyps.These may bleed, leading to blood in the stool. Should malignancy develops, this may present with altered bowel habit, or even metastasis to the liver or elsewhere. When the polyposis is associated with osteomas, fibromas, desmoids the condition is termed Gardner's syndrome. ...Read more

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I have 2 intra abdominal Desmoid tumours, gardeners syndrome. my colon removed.A recent ct scan should white spots on my liver. What could this be?

I have 2 intra abdominal Desmoid tumours, gardeners syndrome. my colon removed.A recent ct scan should white spots on my liver. What could this be?

Possibilities : Actually this isn't so rare. Gardner's isn't so uncommon, it just gets missed or called common familial polyposis. Desmoids are very common in Gardner's. And Desmoids don't spread to the liver like this. I am hoping these are von Meyerburg complexes or hemangiomas or something, but my concern is a tiny colon cancer did metastasize. Your physician will follow up with radiologist input. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with desmoid tumor in duodenum. Had surgery jan2013 & on tamoxifen. Now CT clear and was wondering if he should have reverse bypass surgery.

Diagnosed with desmoid tumor in duodenum. Had surgery jan2013 & on tamoxifen. Now CT clear and was wondering if he should have reverse bypass surgery.

Challenging: Desmoid tumors are notorious for coming back, even if they are resected completely. Tamoxifen often helps. Sometimes not operating and waiting it out is the best thing, so consult the opinion of your surgeon who knows you best. Reversing your bypass is a complicated process and requires a lot of discussion. ...Read more

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What is a desmoid tumour or fibromitosis?

Tumor of fibroblast: Fibroblasts are the cells in your body that create collagen or scar tissue. These tumors are made of these cells that grow out of control and invade tissues where they don't belong. Even though they are benign, they can aggressively keep coming back if they are not entirely removed at the time of the first surgery. ...Read more

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What would be a highly effective known treatment for a desmoid sarcoma?

What would be a highly effective known treatment for a desmoid sarcoma?

Varies case by case: It is better known as fibromatosis or desmoid tumor since it is benign and is not a sarcoma (cancer). Mainstay of treatment is surgical excision, if it is feasible. Recurrence rate is rather high, so radiation is often given. If tumor cannot be removed safely, options include radiation, low dose chemotherapy and not doing anything and observing. Each case is different, so ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a 10 YO with a distal femur benign tug lesion/cortical desmoid? Are activities like volleyball that don't cause pain ok?

What is the recovery time for a 10 YO with a distal femur benign tug lesion/cortical desmoid? Are activities like volleyball that don't cause pain ok?

Brief recovery time: This is a benign and self limited lesion that requires no more than rest and pain relief with ibuprofen if needed. It is not serious and usually occurs in the presence of athletic activity. Sometimes it is found as an unrelated and insignificant finding on MRI done for other reasons. A few weeks at most of rest and use of ibuprofen if painful and activities that do not cause pain are ok ...Read more

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Firm painless 2-3 cm lump inner thigh under muscle 6 months. MRI x 3 not lipoma or desmoid. Avid enhancement - no diagnosis. Size fluctuates - benign?

Firm painless 2-3 cm lump inner thigh under muscle 6 months. MRI x 3 not lipoma or desmoid. Avid enhancement - no diagnosis. Size fluctuates - benign?

When in doubt: excision biopsy , it is in safe accessible location ,it is a simple ambulatory procedure , will rule out more serious sarcomas , do not have to go for more MRI s etc ...Read more

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Oval lump in rght upper quadrant, can only feel when standing ultrasound, MRI revealed nothing conclusive general surgeon thinks desmoid no follow up?

Oval lump in rght upper quadrant, can only feel when standing ultrasound, MRI revealed nothing conclusive general surgeon thinks desmoid  no follow up?

Muscle spasm?: I have seen muscle spasm as the most likely cause of similar situations in the past. If someone thinks there is a desmoid tumor, and there is no follow up planned, I would strongly consider another opinion. Hope this helps ! ...Read more

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What's a tumor board do?

What's a tumor board do?

Review and discuss: Tumor boards are part of certified cancer programs all over the country. They usually have the surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists present. Also primary docs, pathologists, and other specialists are present. Nuses, palliative care teams and other support members are there. A patient ' s case is discussed from top to bottom, and a treatment plan is made with input from this team. ...Read more