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Is a cyst soft or hard?, and is a tumor soft or hard?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Either can occur

A cyst is a thin walled closed space filled with fluid.
If the amt. of fluid is large the cyst can be tense and feel very firm. A tumor is a overgrowth of cells either benign or malignant For the latter a scan tissue tumor, benign or malignant is very firm while a fatty tumor even if malignant can feel very soft. Scans and bx or aspiration will define cyst from tumor.

In brief: Either can occur

A cyst is a thin walled closed space filled with fluid.
If the amt. of fluid is large the cyst can be tense and feel very firm. A tumor is a overgrowth of cells either benign or malignant For the latter a scan tissue tumor, benign or malignant is very firm while a fatty tumor even if malignant can feel very soft. Scans and bx or aspiration will define cyst from tumor.
Dr. Myron Arlen
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Cyst/Tumor

A cyst is a closed sac containing air, fluid or semi-solid materials.
A tumor is a swelling which can be a cyst or a solid mass.

In brief: Cyst/Tumor

A cyst is a closed sac containing air, fluid or semi-solid materials.
A tumor is a swelling which can be a cyst or a solid mass.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yes to both

Cysts are always filled with something at least semiliquid.
Tumors range from gelatinous to stony-hard. The key isn't the way the mass feels, though the clinician will note this; it's the presence of an abnormal mass.

In brief: Yes to both

Cysts are always filled with something at least semiliquid.
Tumors range from gelatinous to stony-hard. The key isn't the way the mass feels, though the clinician will note this; it's the presence of an abnormal mass.
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