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What is the difference between a benign or malignant tumor?

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Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Ability to spread

"malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient.
"benign" means unlikely to spread and/or grows slowly (indolent), although it may have the ability to come back (locally recur) after surgical removal or treatment, usually in the same place or near where it started. Less of a threat to patient.

In brief: Ability to spread

"malignant" generally implies the tumor has the ability to spread through out the body, and is therefore usually a more serious threat to patient.
"benign" means unlikely to spread and/or grows slowly (indolent), although it may have the ability to come back (locally recur) after surgical removal or treatment, usually in the same place or near where it started. Less of a threat to patient.
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
Dr. Vasthi Wilson
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Malignant = cancer

This is one of those misunderstood terms that drs commonly use.
Benign is good. Malignant is bad. Malignant always means cancer. Cancers are also called malignancies.

In brief: Malignant = cancer

This is one of those misunderstood terms that drs commonly use.
Benign is good. Malignant is bad. Malignant always means cancer. Cancers are also called malignancies.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Thank
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