What is the difference between ovarian cyst and tumor?

Any growth is tumor. A cyst is one type of tumor which, by definition is a fluid filled structure. This is different than a solid growth which is more often cancerous. But most ovarian cancers are cystic. So you should seek advice from your gynecologist and make sure this cyst is not cancerous(size matters in this regard....Benign cysts are small...2-4 cm in size...Bigger ones are more likely to be cancerous).

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How can you test the difference between an ovarian cyst and tumor?

Imaging & Biopsy. There are several ways in which a physician may determine the difference between a benign ovarian cyst and a tumor (neoplasm). Blood tests for some tumor markers may be helpful. In addiiton, ultrasound studies of the ovary may be helpful. Following these tests over time may be especially helpful. If needed, a tissue or cell biopsy may be necessary to exactly classify the process. Read more...

Is it true that an ovarian tumor have the same effects as an ovarian cyst might?

Possibly. An ovarian tumor is solid and will continue to grow. However an ovarian cyst is from an egg cell that did not rupture. You may have pain, irregular bleeding or other symptoms with both, so you should see your gynecologist this week to rule it out. Read more...
Not really. Benign cysts are common but they are harmless as they typically do not grow in size. If the cyst had a tumor inside it, then it will grow and the effects are much more grave than those from a cyst. So any growth in the size of a cyst is an indication that it should be further investigated and removed if ther eis suspicion that it might contain cancer inside it. Read more...

How do symptoms differ between an ovarian cyst and a fibroid tumor?

Depends . Ovarian cysts are often asymptomatic and found incidentally by exam or sonogram. The same goes for fibroids. If a cyst is going to cause symptoms, it will usually be pain, not necessarily with the period. May also occur with intercourse. Fibroids most often cause heavy menstrual bleeding, and sometimes also painful periods. If large enough, they may cause bladder pressure, or constipation. Read more...

A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

Yes. A laparoscopic procedure could likely take care of both procedures, depending on size and location of fibroid, in addition to skill of surgeon. Otherwise, they could also make a cut in the abdomen, like for a cesarean, and remove both as well that way. Again, all of this depends on the size and location of the cyst and fibroid. If the fibroid is in uterine lining, then a hysteroscopy better. Read more...

I have a 7cm ovarian cyst (tumor markers negative) and I feel no pain. I took contraceptives for a month and it shrunk by 0.8cm. Can I fly?

Yes. An ovarian cyst is not a contraindication to commercial flight. However, do follow your doctor's advice about follow-up care. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. Read more...