Essay on Differences Between A Malignant And Benign Malignant Tumor

945 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
1. Discuss the differences between a malignant and benign tumor and how they may be used in diagnosing the cancer. (See Characteristics of Malignant and Benign Tumors.)
The definition of a tumor is cellular growth that no longer responds to the normal body controls (549), or cells that don’t know when to stop growing. The most basic difference between a benign and a malignant tumor is that a malignant tumor is cancerous cells. Benin tumors are usually differentiated cells that are reproducing at a higher rate than normal (550). Benign tumors are also often encapsulated and do not spread to other parts of the body (550). On the other hand, malignant tumors lack organization and are usually undifferentiated, nonfunctional cells (550). In malignant tumor the tumor cells also spread, or metastasize to other parts of the body, when part of the unorganized mess breaks off into the blood or lymphatic system (550). The lack of differentiation of a malignant growth, along with the fact that malignant tumors can spread, leads to harm also known as cancer.
2. Discuss what other signs and symptoms Mrs. H may expect to experience if the tumor returns. (See Pathophysiology, Local Effects of Malignant Tumors, Systemic Effects of Malignant Tumors.)
There are many signs and symptoms of tumors, some early and some are later. It also depends if the return of cancer is because of metastases or cancer in the other breast. Mrs. H has breast cancer, and only the right breast was removed,…

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