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What Is The Difference Between A Colon Polyp And Lesion
Different types: A polyp is a cluster of cells usually on a stalk representing transforming cells that may convert to Ca. A colon tumor is a area of bowel with malignant cells forming a discrete mass that can spread. Originally thought all Ca's of colon arose from polyps but now found that there is a transforming field effect in bowel where certain sites become polyps, not all converting and other sites, Cancer ...Read more
Scan vs. scope: An MRI of abdomen/pelvis is a scan utilized to visualize the content of the abdominal cavity including colon. It will depict the external features of the bowel and unless there is an extensive lesion distorting the bowel structure and content, the luminal (phenobarbital) structures are not visualized. This can only be appreciated with scoping of the lumen of the colon with a colonoscope ...Read more
A cyst is filled : With fluid or debris, a tumor is filled with living cells, and a malignant tumor is filled with malignant cells. All look like lumps to start with. Distinguishing is what we call a work up, and can wind up with removal to prove indeed what it is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The suffix: When a word ends in ectomy it refers to removal of:an organ such as colon in colectomy and kidney in nephrectomy, When the word ends in oscopy it refers to examination of an organ with a device or scope such as in endoscopy, laryngoscopy, proctoscopy. Colonoscopy refers as such to examination of the colon with a colonoscope. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: The colon is roughly 3-5 long depending on individual. A proctoscopy looks at the angus and rectum only (first 4-6 inches). A colonoscopy uses a fiber optic camera to try and look at the entire length of the colon. With a colonoscopy you most likely will have it done in a endoscopy suite under sedation while a proctoscopy can be done in the doctors office. ...Read more
Nodule vs tumour: Nodules are solid raised areas in or under the skin that are at least 0.5 cm in size. A tumor is an abnormal growth of body tissue and it can occur anywhere. A tumor can be benign (noncancerous) or cancerous. Tumors can occur in an body tissue ...Read more
Vein vs gut lining: Both hemorrhiods and polyps are abnomalities associated with the colon. The hemorrhoid is a vein that has swelled and cause pain & itching. The polyp is an abnormal growth of the lining of the colon. It is usually painless and diagnosed incidentally on colonoscopy. Polyps can degenerate into cancer and need to be removed. Hemorroids are a nuisance and removed for reasons of bleeding or discomfort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stool test vs. exam: The question of managing colon cancer depends on early dx. Periodic exam of the colon after bowel prep allows for defining early tumor and or polyps. Cologuard is a genetic test performed on the stool to see if mutations have occurred in the colonocytes comprising stool. Mutations found suggest at risk for tumor but not guaranteed presence of a growth. ...Read more
Location, Incidence: Colon cancer arises from a site involving the large intestine commonly called the colon (ascending, transverse, descending, sigmoid). Intestinal cancer usually refers to small intestinal cancer that arises from the duodenum, jejunum or ileum. Colon cancer is much more common compared to cancer arising from the small intestines which is considered rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sort of the same: An adenomatous polyp is not cancer so by definition is "benign" although it harbors the potential of becoming malignant with time. Not all benign polyps are adenomatous. Some are just plain polyps with little or no malignant potential. So, adenomatous polyps are benign but not all benign polyps are adenomatous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different origins: The suffix "oma" signifies a malignant lesion Since the body has various sources from which cellular and organ structures are derived different tumor types similarly arise. The epithelial cells comprising the tracheobronchial tree and those cells that comprise the lining of the GI tract form malignant lesions known as carcinomas. Those supportive cells of muscle, bone form sarcomas. ...Read more
Definitions: A tumor is a general term for a lump or mass in any location in the body. It can be cancerous or noncancerous. Breast cancer refers to malignant cells found in the breast. There are many benign/noncancerous tumors that can be found in the breast. Usually a needle biopsy is performed to determin if cancer is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Overall course.: There are many differences between benign and malignant tumors. A benign tumor is often well differentiated, looks almost normal, and does not spread. A malignant lesion is usually poorly differentiated, ominous looking, and spreads to other sites by blood, lymphatics, and directly. It has a very bad course, and results many times in death unless aggressive treatment is done. ...Read more
More severe : Colon polyps are common. Most are benign getting regular screening colonoscopy and having them removed can actually prevent cancer. Polyps arrise from the lining of the colon. Carcinoid tumors arrise from the apud cells of the gut. Carcinoids can secrete hormones. Although carcinoids are slow growing, they are malignant and require surgical treatment. They are often found incedentally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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