FAQ - Glomus Tumor
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i have a glomus tumor on my thumb?

has anyone had any experience with having one and is ther anything to reduce the pain. any help would be great

No, they are quite rare I believe and single ones are reported to be particularly painful.
Only your doctor can give you stronger pain killers than the usual over the counter ones.
The treatment of choice for solitary glomus tumors is surgical excision  (+ info)

has anyone ever had a glomus tumor?

anywhere but mine is on my thumb. iv had it taken out before but its come back and i would like to know anyone elses experiences

My mother had one on her left thumb, she had it removed twice and it returned, so she gave up and kept it.  (+ info)

How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms?

Brain Tumor or something else?
I have been experiencing buzzing and ringing in ears for about a week now! My ears also hurt and I also have headaches, nausea, tiredness, and am extremely dizzy. I had a MRI 6 months ago and everything came back negative, they found nothing. Previous to that I had a CT scan done 2 years ago and everything normal. I am a 29 year old female, with no family history of brain tumors, and was just wondering if a brain tumor could develop that fast (6 months) and cause those symptoms in that amount of time, please help?

Just because there isn't a brain tumor doesn't mean that everything is okay. If your symptoms are bothersome, take your MRI to a neurosurgeon.

Many people go undiagnosed with a condition called chiari malformation. It causes all of the symptoms you mentioned, and several others. Just go to this website and see if it sounds like you. If it does, you'll want to be sure the neurosurgeon you see specializes in chiari.

The following link is to an informational page from the chiari institute in New York:


Best of luck to you. This condition is treatable, but not curable. But much can be done to help you, if that's what you have. Most importantly, some doctors are still uninformed and will not diagnose chiari. You need to see a specialist.  (+ info)

What are the signs of existing a tumor in the brain or the respiratory system?

My mother feels a bad smell in his nose.It is something like the cigarette smoke.She has headache in the mornings and then it wears off.This stink or odor sometimes reduces and some days increases.My mother has always had splitting headaches during her life.Can these contribute to a tumor in the brain?Also,recently the CT of her mind showed nothing of a tumor or the like .The doctors say that she has no problem.But continuously she feels that smell.

Because she has a clean CT I would think that the problem might just be in the sinuses. If she has problems with allergies or smokes, drinks lots of coffee or alcohol those would be the things to look at changing. Hope she will be well soon.  (+ info)

What happens after a tumor is removed in the hospital?

After a small cancerous tumor is removed from one's chest, what happens? How long is the hospital stay, and what are the possible side effects? Thanks for answering and God bless!
Ma'am i'm sorry to hear that. You're a strong, devoted mother i must say. Stay strong and God bless. My bf was recently diagnosed with cancer. He said it was a small tumor in his chest, and he said he was going to get it removed. Two days later, he said he was in pain and went to the hospital. I don't know how long he will be there, and his older brother has his phone, so i can't really contact him either. His brother just told me what he said, so i'm trying to stay calm and not worry because i'll end up stressing out and having an anxiety attack or something.

Without complications you might be able to leave in a few days, but much depends on your age, overall health, and what they find during surgery. With malignant tumors one does not ordinarily know how much cancer is present until the surgeon can take a look. CT, PET, and MRI are all good tools but can often miss the extent of the disease. Only surgery where the doctor can actually go in and look around can determine how many visible tumors there are. He'll remove as many as he can.

Further treatment depends on the outcome of the biopsy, the type, location, the stage and grade of tumor. If it is a known high grade aggressive tumor you may be offered chemotherapy or radiation as an adjuvant treatment, but that is probably optional.

My son has had three major surgeries with over a hundred various sized abdominal tumors removed (he lost his spleen and 90 percent of his right diaphragm) and he was out of the hospital in about 8 days each time. The thoracic surgery took the longest to recover from since they went in through the back. So depending on where the tumor you have is located may determine how long recovery will be.  (+ info)

Can a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metases without affecting the rest of the lungs?

My father has been diagnosed with non-small carcinoma in the right lung. The doctors also found a lesion in the back bone L4 which is reported as neoplastic. A biopsy on the lung tumor was performed and confirme malignancy. On that basis they are presuming that the bone lesion is also a malignant cancer tumor. However, what seems to be strange is that the CT scan results for the rest of the right lung, the left lung, abdomin, intestines, bladder, prostate, pancreas are totally clear. His oncology blood markers are also clear. The bone scan apart from the suspected lesion at L4 is totally clean, and his blood test results are acceptable. His general health conditions are good. He was on a diet, stopped it and gained 3KGS within a span of 10 days. He simply does not show any of the symptoms of a stage IV cancer patient. The doctors said they cannot operate because of the bone lesion. Had it been only in the lungs they would. We are concerned that they might be making the wrong connection

definitely get a second or third opinion.. this is too important!  (+ info)

What symptoms did you have before they found a brain tumor?

My doctor suspects I have a brain tumor...I go for an MRI on Monday! Feels like forever to wait! However I am just wondering what symptoms you had before you were diagnosed with a brain tumor? I know everyone is different but its always nice to know if someone is going through the same thing.

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How do doctors find out if a tumor is malignant?

What procedure is done to see if a tumor is malignant? Is a simple MRI enough to make that conclusion?

When you have a MRI or CT scan, a radiologist can be fairly confident that a mass/tumor is either malignant or benign, in certain cases. For example, a lymph node has classic characteristics which cannot be confused with a cancer. A simple kidney cyst (which appears as a mass) can be diagnosed by ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning. It is hard to confuse a simple kidney cyst with anything that is malignant. When we do a CT or MRI scan, and a mass does not enhance with a contrast media (dye) injection, we can be fairly confident that the mass is benign. Malignant masses almost always enhance....but some benign masses also enhance.
There are many instances when a tumor does not fall into a clear cut category, and a tissue sample is needed to make a diagnosis. For example, on a mammogram, a mass might be found, and we can be very certain it is a malignant mass, but we do not know what type of breast cancer, until there is a biopsy and tissue sample.

My boyfriend had a grand mal seizure in June, and a CT scan found a fist sized brain tumor. The neurosurgeon and radiologist were both very confident it was a meningioma (benign), but it had to be removed due to its size. I still held my breath until the pathology report came back and reported it was indeed a meningioma.  (+ info)

What can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

An intramedullary spinal cord tumor is a tumor inside the cord. So what could happen if a tumor was found inside a person's spinal cord in the cervical region, which is in the neck? What could this possibly do to the brain, specifically? Keep in mind this tumor is long and large enough it expands the cord and been left untreated years.

I hope you are not the patient. The cord tumor can cause increased intracranial pressure- papilledema, sometimes acute enough to cause other symptoms, like vomiting, headache. Not very common, but I have seen a couple.

Understand that we never see anything common at Walter Reed- the other hospitals can handle the common stuff. So sometimes it is hard to get a good idea of just how common a given problem is.

Usually the symptoms of a cord tumor are related to the damage to the spinal cord.- pain is common, weakness, spasticity, sensory loss muscle wasting in the muscles supplied by the affected part of the cord. A tract of the Trigeminal nerve goes down into the upper cord, then back up- can cause numbness of the face. This can be a confusion factor, as it can be mistaken for a second lesion, and lead to a diagnosis of MS.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/251133-overview  (+ info)

What does Tumor to grow so rapidly with high speed all the sudden?

1) Change in diet?

2) If the tumor came in high speed, is that means it will continue for the same rate to grow?

Thank you.

Because the cancer has gotten more powerful, so there's more dead cells.

1. What, the change in diet of someone with cancer, or were you referring to the growth of a tumour? Someone with cancer may be too tired to eat, and their mouth may be very sore. So they may only eat soft foods, or soup or something.
Growth of a tumour: I don't think a change in diet causes tumour growth, then again, it might. Cancer patients can usually eat, even if the cancer was terminal, my grandad could eat chocolate 5 days before he died.

2. It could, but it might slow down, you can't tell. With a change of meds that will probably happen, especially if they are more effective.

You're welcome. And sorry if you couldn't understand my answer, or if it wasn't clear enough, I'm not good with words.  (+ info)

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