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What kind of problems can occur from a benign bone tumor in the knee?

I know benign means non cancerous, but can the tumor do any harm? Can they damage the bone, or spread?

Hi, i can imagine that they could do a small bit of harm, but only because they're growing and compressing nerves. See, if nerves are compressed, depending on the amount of pressure it could cause tingling, pain, numbness or even paralysis. Seeming this is a non-cancerous tumor, all the problems would pass as soon as it was removed. So example, if you had a benign tumor in your knee and it made that leg paralyzed, not long after it was removed, the paralysis should go away and you would have your normal leg back and have most or all feeling back. In rare cases you might never get feeling back because the tumor might have done bad damage, but i'm sure in most cases it's removed before that kind of thing happens.
Hope i answerd your queuestion :)  (+ info)

What happens if you cure a brain tumor?

I apparently have a small brain tumor (micro-adema) that is affecting my pitutary gland. I have looked into cures, and it seems to be easily treatable with medication. My question is: if I have experienced past problems that were pituitary related, would I become "cured" if the tumor were treated?

If it is a secreting tumor and that tumor is removed then it would no longer put out extra pituitary hormones. But most often the damage from hypopit symptoms stays with you.  (+ info)

What is the blood test to determine how much a tumor has shrunk during chemo?

My wife has to give blood for testing once a week to help the doctors determine how strong the chemo to put in her iv. Is there a specific test that shows if the tumor is shrinking? I know about the white and red cell count, but is there a "cancer" test? She has squamous cell of the lung, stage 2. No spreading of the cancer anywhere else, thank God.

The CA125 bloodtest measures the level of cancer cells in the body. Your wife's blood is also being tested to see that her white blood count is high enough for her to have treatment. A low WBC will just delay her next cycle of chemo a bit. This is very common and there are now shots that can be given to correct this. Her blood will also be checked for her level of red cells to determine whether she might be anemic. Again, there are treatments for this also. Speak to your wife's oncologist so that he can better explain about the tests and the CA125 , which are probably being done on a regular basis. The results of the CA125 take longer to come back so you may have to keep asking the oncologist.  (+ info)

I have a benign tumor in my breast. What are the chances one might be in my brain causing severe headaches?

I discovered my tumor in April.
In mid-November, I woke up to a stabbing pain on the right side of my head. Since then, the headache has not gone away. I've had short-term memory problems, sudden and unexplained fatigue, disinterest in usual activities, and inability to concentrate.
I've never had a headache of this severity or length before, and I am planning to consult with doctors later.

Benign means that it doesn't spread, so whether or not there is something wrong in your brain, your chances of having a tumor are probably almost the same as anyone else.

You should definitely consult a doctor at some stage though.  (+ info)

What is the likelihood of a Ct scan missing a brain tumor?

Hi, I am 20 years old and since january I have had horrible neck pain and headaches. In march I finally went and got I CT scan and everything came back normal. I know that MRIs are one of the best imaging test, but what about CT scans? My headaches have settled down a little bit and they are not as frequent, but Im still worried. Could a Ct scan miss a brain tumor?

Some tumors such as meningiomas can easily be missed on CT, as their density is nearly identical to gray matter.

I doubt that contrast was given for the CT.

If your symptoms persist, an MRI would be warranted.  (+ info)

Is it possible to lose your memory after removing a Tumor in surgery?

Say for instance, hypothetically, i had a brain tumor located near or on the area of my brain responsible for my past memory (if someone could tell me what that's actually called much appreciated) and it was definitely recommended that i have it removed...will my memories be affected when i come to for a long-ish period of time? Say also the tumor is benign (do tumors grow from stress?).

BTW just think of it as if this was a character in a book....whatd happen?

I'm no expert on tumors, but yes it is definitely possible to lose your memory from the surgery. For how severe... that depends on a LOT of things, could only be for a short time, or could be permanently. And no, I don't think it's possible for a tumor to be formed from stress, but again, I don't know much about tumors.  (+ info)

What is the likelihood of a trans vaginal ultrasound missing a tumor on your ovary?

Hi I am 21 and I have been feeling a little bloated and my weight has went up a little bit, so my doctor ordered me to have a trans vaginal ultrasound and a abdominal x ray. The trans vaginal ultrasound came back normal and same with the x ray. The x ray only showed that I was a little backed up, could the ultrasound and x ray missed a tumor on the ovaries?

There is little percentage of error. Those machines are made of the highest quality.  (+ info)

What is the most common tumor of the spinal cord?

What is the most common tumor of the spinal cord called? Is it an astrocytoma or is there another that is more prevelant?

The most common spinal cord tumors (or intramedullary tumors) are ependymomas, astrocytomas and hemangioblastomas, in that order, although all spinal cord tumors are rare.  (+ info)

What happens after you have a begnin bone tumor removed from your head at the hospital?Where does it go after?

Does the bone tumor go off to be studied at local medical colleges or stays at the hospital for more study? What happens to tumors,body organs etc after a operation?

Medical personnel only please answer.


Well, usually they'll send it to the lab to study it and make sure there's nothing more too it. But that's for things like tumors and infected organs.

After that they are considered medical waste and are incinerated.

Although, sometimes they will give you whatever is removed. Some religions believe you have to be buried with everything that is part of your body. They can perserve it and give it to you if that's the case.  (+ info)

What is the survival rate of patients who have brain surgery to remove a brain tumor?

My sister is scheduled for surgery on June 2 and she has 2 brain tumors and one is pressing against the brain causing her motor skills to deteriorate. She has had a very serious surgery before where part of her jawbone had to be removed. What are her chances of survival to have this brain tumor removed?

They are a lot higher than not having it removed. Statistics on survival are based on the kind of tumor it is and the grade which you do not mention. Brain tumors, cancerous or not, often recur.  (+ info)

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