What is a tumor?

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February 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm  #1294023    

cmrussell

A grandmother told me she had a tumor. She wouldn’t talk to me about it. I have tried to google it and I am so lost. I am trying to understand what a tumor is.

February 27, 2018 at 2:01 pm  #1294024    
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Hi cmrussell,

A tumor can be harmless and benign or cancerous.

“tumor- A tumor is a commonly used, but non-specific, term for a neoplasm. The word tumor simply refers to a mass. This is a general term that can refer to benign (generally harmless) or malignant (cancerous) growths.
benign tumor- Benign tumors are non-malignant/non-cancerous tumor. A benign tumor is usually localized, and does not spread to other parts of the body. Most benign tumors respond well to treatment. However, if left untreated, some benign tumors can grow large and lead to serious disease because of their size. Benign tumors can also mimic malignant tumors, and so for this reason are sometimes treated.
malignant tumor- Malignant tumors are cancerous growths. They are often resistant to treatment, may spread to other parts of the body and they sometimes recur after they were removed.”

http://pathology.jhu.edu/pc/BasicTypes1.php?area=ba

I hope this helps,
Janine

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