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Can you die from having a pituitary gland tumour if it's not treated immediately I am a female and 17?

Can you die from having a pituitary gland tumour if it's not treated immediately I am a female and 17?

No: Pituitary tumors are usually growths that may cause over-secretion of certain hormones, which can affect the body in various ways. These need to be identified and treated appropriately, but it would be extremely rare to have developed a pituitary malignancy.. Talk with your doctor about this concern. ...Read more

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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I had a malignant pancreatc neuroendocrine tumor removed ten months ago, how likely is it that i will get another tumor and what are the signs?

I had a malignant pancreatc neuroendocrine tumor removed ten months ago, how likely is it that i will get another tumor and what are the signs?

May have no symptoms: If it was caught early and removed completely, you have a good chance of it never coming back. Nets can cause symptoms, or they can be silent, non-functional tumors. So the best way to improve your odds is to get a ct or MRI every 6 months to check for recurrence - which occurs most commonly in the liver. If it does come back, repeat surgery may be possible. ...Read more

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Had a mole removed was told a typical cells not cancer most important not carcinoma waiting to see what doc is going to do next should I be concerned ?

Had a mole removed was told a typical cells not cancer most important not carcinoma waiting to see what doc is going to do next should I be concerned ?

Not really: Good news that the pathology report showed no cancer. Your doctor will monitor you closely over the next months and examine your skin from head to toe every 6-12 months. Since the path did show atypical cells, you may be at risk for having a mole develop into cancer. What you should be concerned about is always checking for any moles that may look "funny" and see your doc. Always wear sun screen. ...Read more

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What would happen if i'm not treated for my hodgkin's disease?

What would happen if i'm not treated for my hodgkin's disease?

It is fatal: There are very few people who are not treated for this disease. It is highly curable in the majority of cases. Current treatment is designed to give enough treatment to attack the kind and stage of hodgkins disease and to minimize side effects. Without treatment some kinds of hd patients can live a long time, but their quality of life is impaired and they die. Some kind are rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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Does sagittal craniosynostosis have to be treated? What would happen if a minor case isn't treated? Would a child's head grow mostly normally?

Does sagittal craniosynostosis have to be treated? What would happen if a minor case isn't treated? Would a child's head grow mostly normally?

Abnormal head shape: Premature fusion of the sagittal suture would stop growth from that site. Since the growing brain would need more room, it would expand the skull in the direction open to growth.This produces an oblong skull with increased front to back dimension while the side to side remained narrow. True CS needs to be fixed surgically in infancy. ...Read more

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What happens if a person had only a 40% chance of surviving heart by pass surgery how bad would they have to be?

What happens if a person had only a 40% chance of surviving heart by pass surgery how bad would they have to be?

Probability: Coronary bypass surgery is done with a great deal of success. To be quoted only a 40% chance of survival would imply very abnormal cardiorespiratory function. Other organ systems might also be quite abnormal. ...Read more

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Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.

Pathology said possible spitz nevus cells, surgery set in month. Should I find someone who can do it sooner? I've heard can be confused with melanoma.

Second look slides: It is always ok to ask for the slides of the original specimen to be reviewed by another pathologist / pathology team, if you are concerned about an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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No symptoms and felt fine til they told me i had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

No symptoms and felt fine til they told me i had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

Lung cancer: About 35-40% patients when diagnosed with stage 4 nsclc do not have symptoms and signs of that and it is found as part of routine imaging or based on some very subtle and non specific signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Scan doc said gravels in my sisters bladder. Is it serious. How can I get treated with out surgery. She is a thelesemia patient ?

Scan doc said gravels in my sisters bladder. Is it serious. How can I get treated with out surgery. She is a thelesemia patient ?

Monitor: gladdbladder gravel (sludge) can form gallstones and thalessemia may contribute to both. The gravel can also cause gallbladder inflammation or obstruction, requiring surgery. ...Read more

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I was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer ? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be?Will he die?

I was wondering for my 17 year old what would be the chances of surving colon cancer ? If it spread to the spleen what stage would it be?Will he die?

Why do you ask?: First, it's extremely uncommon for a 17 year old to have ordinary colon cancer unless there's a pre-existing multiple-polyps syndrome. Second, colon cancer almost never spreads to the spleen. Something is not right here. You need to find out exactly what's happening before you make any plans. I hope you get this solved. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary gland tumour curable or is it a cancer? And if curable what medication would you be on? Am 17 and female

Is a pituitary gland tumour curable or is it a cancer? And if curable what medication would you be on? Am 17 and female

Not cancer, curable: Most pituitary tumor are not cancer, but are benign. There are many different cell types in pituitary tumors. These tumors can be treated with surgery, or in some cases with medications like bromocriptine for pituitary tumors that secrete prolactin (cause breast milk leakage and can cause infertility). ...Read more

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Hi my father recently had a CT scan and they found a giant cisterna magna . I want to know if it is a serous illness or not and what we should do?

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my father recently had a CT scan and they found a giant cisterna magna . I want to know if it is a serous illness or not and what we should do?

Normal variation: The base of the brain has a protective covering of fluid that surrounds the cerebellum and brain stem. This is called the cisterna magna or large cistern. In some older persons there is shrinkage of the cerebellum that will cause some enlargement of this fluid space. It is just an incidental finding on ct or MRI and is not necessary to treat. Discuss this with his doctor. ...Read more

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If someone had a small medulloblastoma in cerebellum in feb, no treatment, would it be bigger by now and would there be serious symptoms?

If someone had a small medulloblastoma in cerebellum in feb, no treatment, would it be bigger by now and would there be serious symptoms?

Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastoma is a highly malignant rapidly growing brain tumor that occurs more frequently in children. Certainly, the tumor would be bigger and creating pressure on the surrounding brain leading to headaches, vomiting and imbalance. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens after a tumor is removed in the hospital?

Could you tell me what happens after a tumor is removed in the hospital?

Sent to laboratory.: When a tumor is removed it is sent to pathology for study. Docs (pathologists) in the lab will dissect the tumor and make microscope slides to view the make up of the tumor and decide from what type of cell(s) it is derived. The pathologist will give a diagnosis (benign versus malignant) and type of the tumor. They can help establish if the tumor has spread and if it was completely excised. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a lesion being serious if not seen on a c-scan. Can't a Dr. tell a cyst or blood vessel when he removes it.

What are the chances of a lesion being serious if not seen on a c-scan. Can't a Dr. tell a cyst or blood vessel when he removes it.

Ask surgeon: I assume C scan is cat scan.Usually surgeon likes to know type of lesion dealing with. If it has large amount of blood vessels, cystic, or solid. Helps with surgical planning. Access to problem depends a lot on location I would want to know as much information preop as possible Some times soft tissue lesions are better seen with MR examination. You should have discussion with the physician ...Read more