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What is the difference between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor?

A) Benign tumors arise by transformation; malignant tumors don't.
B) Benign tumors do not metastasize; malignant tumors do.
C) Benign tumors metastasize; malignant tumors don't.
E) Benign tumors do not arise by transformation; malignant tumors do.

I'm pretty sure it's B benign tumours are not cancerous where as malignant are and have the ability to "spread" (metastasize)  (+ info)

What is my cancer risk after having a benign tumor removed along with the ovary it was on?

I had abdominal surgery to remove a benign tumor from one of my ovaries. My doctor said the ovary had to be removed and one of my tubes had to be removed because they were abnormal. I was wondering, with a strong family history of female cancers and having this happen to me what my risk is for getting a female cancer?

With any surgery no matter how small or intense, there is always a risk. Don't let anyone fool you/ As ar as re,moving a benign tumor. which simply put ,means you don't have cancer. So my question to the doctor is, why is he going to such extremes for something that's not cancer. You need to see another Dr ASAP. It sounds like you're someones experience, I think he did something wrong. Please, go see another docotor about this, someone he doesn't know. this is just too fishy. Let us know how this comes out. and please,don't go back to that doctor, and I use the term loosely God bless  (+ info)

I have a benign enlarged prostate. Is there a laser treatment that would shrink an enlarged prostate?

This question is basically for Physicians and Surgeons or anyone who has gone through this ailment. I have a benign enlarged prostate. Is there a laser treatment that would shrink the enlarged prostate, without open surgery?

nope.  (+ info)

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)

If you have already had a benign tumor on your thyroid, what are the chances of getting thyroid cancer?

I heard the risk of cancer is higher if you've already had benign tumors. Is there a certain percentage of people who start out with benign tumors and eventually get malignant ones?

Thyroid cancer is rare to begin with. Benign means that it's not cancerous. So for benign to end up resulting in thyroid cancer is really rare. That being said, most thyroid cancers are "easily" treatable/curable. It's the "best" cancer to get if you have to get cancer. Or at least that's what they tell all of us who go through it.

I was diagnosed 6 years ago. I had a lump on my thyroid, I started to have symptoms of hypothyroidism and then the cancer was dianosed within 1-2 months of finding the lump in the first place.

I doubt that you'll get thyroid cancer, but it is almost always treatable.  (+ info)

What happens if you leave a benign tumor in your brain?

I have a benign tumor in my brain. Should I consider surgery?

Be guided by your doctor. Benign means that it will not spread to other parts of your body. However, it can still get bigger and cause problems. Sometimes the doctor will suggest another MRI in 3 months to see if it is growing enough to be a worry. If you are already having symptoms they may well suggest surgery straight away. The doctor will explain the need for surgery and the risks involved, and help you to make a wise decision.  (+ info)

What are some cosmetic approaches to masking benign anisocoria?

I have has clinical tests on me; all proved that this condition is strictly benign! I want to know what are the cosmetic approaches to masking this defect, preferrablely from an experienced opthamologist or optometerist.

Talk to your doctor.  (+ info)

Can a mammogram really show whether a lump is benign or not?

If a nodule shows up on a routine mammogram but the report says that it is benign, can this be trusted?

The reports go by appearance, structure and really is only an assumption that a radiologist makes by looking at the results. The only way to tell for sure if the lump is cancerous or not is to have a biopsy done.  (+ info)

How long can a benign brain tumor in the temporal lobe be safely delayed?

How long can a person with a benign tumor in the temporal lobe the size of a golf ball be safely delayed? if delayed can someone carry on with their normal life in the mean time?

Depends on how slow it grows. The slower it grows, the more likely normal function will be maintained.  (+ info)

If someone has a benign bone tumor in their knee, what damage could it still cause?

Are these dangerous? Could they cause further problems even though they are benign?
Even though benign means non-cancerous, can it still cause any other problems?

Benign is the cancerous cells build up which the lump can be cut off. If untreated after awhile the cancerous cells can get into the bloodsteam and spread. You want to cut these things off as soon as possible.  (+ info)

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