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My daughter was just diagnosed with a well defined tumor with its own blood supply in the muscle near her sternum. Is this likely to be malignant?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: It could be, need bx

If it is a tumor in the muscle, it could be a muscle cell tumor, such as sarcoma.
But it may be within the deep tissues of the skin, and perhaps it is a benign tumor, such as a lipoma. If it is a growth that was not there before, first it needs to be assessed if fluid filled: eg a pus-filled abscess, or a cyst. If not, it needs to be removed and sent for pathology: no guessing, no denying.

In brief: It could be, need bx

If it is a tumor in the muscle, it could be a muscle cell tumor, such as sarcoma.
But it may be within the deep tissues of the skin, and perhaps it is a benign tumor, such as a lipoma. If it is a growth that was not there before, first it needs to be assessed if fluid filled: eg a pus-filled abscess, or a cyst. If not, it needs to be removed and sent for pathology: no guessing, no denying.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: No, but...

... Unless the radiologist is certain that it's benign, and get two opinions, excision would be a great idea.
Your daughter is lucky to have a mom who cares this much. Good luck to you both.

In brief: No, but...

... Unless the radiologist is certain that it's benign, and get two opinions, excision would be a great idea.
Your daughter is lucky to have a mom who cares this much. Good luck to you both.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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