A benign tumor is a mass that does not display any characteristics related to cancerous tumors. When a tumor is discovered, a biopsy may be performed to determine if it is benign. Benign tumors don’t imbed themselves into surrounding tissue or organs and they grow at a slow rate without much change over a period of months. They can appear anywhere in the body including in the skin, organs and tissues. A benign tumor can show as a lump underneath the surface of the skin that could be painful or result in inflammation and swelling of the area. Tumors that are benign can also affect the surrounding organs depending on their size. Treatments for a benign tumor depend on its size, location and classification.
A physician may choose surgery as a treatment for a benign tumor for a few reasons. He may remove a benign tumor so that it cannot develop to be cancerous or, because of its location, cause pain or discomfort from its existence. Once they are removed, benign tumors rarely reappear. The benign tumor may show signs that it could eventually become cancerous and it can be surgically removed to be tested. Physicians can check to make sure that there is no residue left that could develop into cancer at a later time.
Radiation therapy is the release of a form of energy in waves or particles and is used for the treatment of cancer as it kills cancers cells. It can also be used for treatment of benign tumors as radiation shrinks tumors.
This technology treats benign tumors found in a woman’s breast by freezing the tumors. The procedure can be done in the doctor’s office and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Some benign tumors may be treated with chemotherapy, which is the use of drugs or medicines to treat disease. The physician will determine if the treatment for a benign tumor requires chemotherapy and will decide the drugs or combination, their dosages and the length of time of the treatment.
If the benign tumor does not pose any health risks or problems associated with any bodily functions or surrounding organs, the physician may determine that the tumor may be left untreated. Benign tumors have no history of becoming fatal.