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What is the difference between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy?

What is the difference between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy?

Partial vs total: A lumpectomy is the removal of the breast tumor (the "lump") and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it. Lumpectomy is a form of "breast-conserving" surgery. A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast tissue. The main types of mastectomy are: "simple" or "total" mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, and radical mastectomy. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...Read more


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What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

Sound vs xrays: Mammograms use xrays to image the breast tissue. Screening mmgs involve 2 views (mlo, cc) of each whole breast. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the breast tissue. The area visualized is dependent upon where the probe is placed on the breast and is influenced by how it is angled, how fast it is moved around and how much attention is being paid to the screen during the exam. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a teratoma and a blastoma?

What is the difference between a teratoma and a blastoma?

Separate tumors: A teratoma is a tumor with tissue from an organ resembling normal derivatives of more than one germ layer. They may contain hair, teeth, bone and, very rarely, more complex structures They are usuallly benign . The Blastoma is a tumor thought to arise in embryonic tissue and becomes associated with part of the name of the organ from which it was derived such as neuroblastoma, glioblastoma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sarcoma and a carcinoma?

What is the difference between a sarcoma and a carcinoma?

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

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What is the difference between a nodule and a tumour?

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

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What is the difference between a colectomy and a colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a colectomy and a colonoscopy?

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

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What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

Big difference. : Moles are benign lesions that stable over time but may grow slowly. If they suddenly change, a biopsy may be recommended. Keloids grow and be one larger over time and generally associated with trauma or injury or inflammation. The keloid in the photo has been treated whereas the other smaller pigmented lesions appear more similar to moles. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tendonectomy and an onychectomy?

What is the difference between a tendonectomy and an onychectomy?

Big difference: know the word origins ectomy = cut tendon = soft tissue attachment from muscle to bone onych = nail tendonectomy - tendon cutting the more common term is tenontomy onychectomy - nail cutting ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tendonectomy and an onychectomy?

What is the difference between a tendonectomy and an onychectomy?

"Ectomy" = Remove: A "tendonectomy" is the removal of a Tendon. An "onychectomy" is the removal of a Nail. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a adhesion and a keloid?

What is the difference between a adhesion and a keloid?

Stable vs growing : An adhesion is a scar anywhere in the body (not just the skin) that physically causes two structures to become adherent and is a common cause for bowel obstruction. They remin stable in size over time. Keloids are scars that have a tendency to grow over time and more likely occur on the skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

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 more

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What is the difference between an ultrasound of breast and a mammogram?

What is the difference between an ultrasound of breast and a mammogram?

Sonar vs Xray: Breast ultrasound use sound waves (i.e. Sonar) and are used to determine if a lump is solid, (usually require biopsy) or a cyst (a fluid containing lesion, usually not requiring biopsy). Mammograms also detect tumors in the breast and have the advantage of detecting tiny calcification deposits that my be due to cancer. Both tests work together to find breast cancer. No test replaces the other. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a legion and a tumor?

What is the difference between a legion and a tumor?

Not sure = lesion: Common doctor jargon is when you see something abnormal and you are not sure what it is yet you call it a lesion. Once you do know, you call it what it is. (tumor, abscess, lymphnode etc) i hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cancer and a teratoma?

What is the difference between cancer and a teratoma?

CA & Teratoma: Teratoma is a tumor with more than one tissue or organ in it that are all normal, like teeth and hair. Tumor is just a mass or lump. CA is made up of cells that are no longer normal and that are rapidly dividing and growing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tumor and a cyst?

What is the difference between a tumor and a cyst?

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 more

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What is the difference between a mass and a polp?

What is the difference between a mass and a polp?

Semantics: The term mass might be applied to something that can't be removed via an endoscope, be it large polyp or a tumor. You might want to ask for more specifics, so you get a better picture in your own mind of what is being described. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stent and a bypass?

What is the difference between a stent and a bypass?

Stent v bypass: A stent procedure usually starts with a needle stick and requires no knives (incisions) while i bypass requires a knife and open exposure of the vessel above the blockage and open exposure of the target vessel beyond the blockage. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an abdominoplasty and a panniculectomy?

What is the difference between an abdominoplasty and a panniculectomy?

Amount of tissue: Although the scars are the same for both procedures, the similarities end there. A panniculectomy is a procedure which removes the excess skin of the abdominal apron or pannus below the belly button. An abdominoplasty does this and also removes excess skin above the umbilicus. An abdominoplasty also tightens the abdominal muscles. ...Read more

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What is the recovery difference between a breast lift and augmentation? 

What is the recovery difference between a breast lift and augmentation? 

Similar recovery: The recovery time for a breast lift vs. A breast augmentation is similar. Both procedures require about 1 week off from work and at least four weeks off from aerobics. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag?

What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag?

Both Benign: Both are benign growths. A cyst is a dilated hair follicle, while a skin tag is a piece of loose skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more