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What Is Malignancy
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Hidden: Even though it sounds like something you find in a quija board, it just means that the source of the cancer is unknown. It is not terribly uncommon to see a malignancy that spread to many places from an unknown origin. Sometimes we are successful in identifying the site of origin, sometimes we can't and we have to do the best we can with the available data. ...Read more
Unregulated growth..: Malignancy is when cells grow autonomously (without normal regulation within the body). Most people equate the words cancer and malignancy. Malignant tumors or conditions are those with the capability of invading other tissues and spreading / metastasizing to other parts of the body. In general, establishing a diagnosis of malignancy requires laboratory study of cells or blood or tissues. ...Read more
Type of cancer: The most common colon malignancy is an adenocarcinoma. These usually arise from a pre-existing polyp called an adenoma. These tumors require surgical resection and possibly further treatment depending on the stage of the tumor which depends on depth of invasion as well as lymph node status and whether or not there is a metastasis. ...Read more
No borderline cancer: There is no borderline cancer , it is cancer or it is not a cancer , determined after biopsy , by the pathologist only. Some cancers are low grade , and others high grade spread rapidly. There are some tumors which are premalignant , by waiting long time may turn into malignant, their removal will cure. In ovary benign cystadenoma may turn to malignant cystadenocarcinoma. ...Read more
Depends: This is a great question and really depends on the circumstances. Sometimes this is very difficult to tell, and prompts doctors to look for other signs. In breast and liver cancer, multifocal usually means that these are multiple individual cancers that arise due to a "field defect". Your medical oncologist can help you understand your particular case better. ...Read more
It depends, clarify.: Neck biopsies are done in suspected cases of malignancy, etc., so their rate of positive diagnosis is high, but there are other reasons/conditions that need biopsy. Other conditions, like skin conditions and autoimmune diseases can be on the neck and need this. To my knowledge there is no study determining the malignancy rate of a neck biopsy, since it would not be done if there was no need. ...Read more
Dr. Bennett; What type of malignancy did you have in mind, that causes (different than before) body odor under one armpit, please?
None: There is NO malignancy that would cause an odor in only one armpit. Odors here are from bacteria that live on the skin, mixing with sweat from the glands surrounding the hairs. The sweat odor can be affected by emotion, but not in only one pit! Keep very clean, wipe the pits with alcohol if you like, let dry then follow with a good deodorant containing aluminum chlorhydrate. Good luck! ...Read more
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