Tumors & Cancer-Related Conditions

Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue, and they can be classified as either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Early detection and diagnosis are crucial for managing both benign and malignant tumors effectively.

The presence of a lump or mass in your body can be a cause for concern. We are committed to providing you with timely access to advanced imaging technology and a team of experienced professionals dedicated to accurate diagnosis.

Understanding Tumors

Your body is a complex collection of trillions of tiny cells. These cells normally grow, divide, and die in an orderly fashion. However, this process can sometimes go awry, which causes an abnormal and uncontrolled multiplication of these cells, forming a mass of tissue called a tumor. 

While not all tumors are cancerous, their presence can raise concerns about your health. Tumor masses can occur anywhere in the body and vary in size and characteristics. 

The presence of a tumor, whether benign or malignant, can cause a variety of problems depending on its location, size, and growth rate. Potential problems associated with tumors include:

  • Pain and discomfort. Tumor masses that push against nerves or other structures can cause pain, tenderness, or a feeling of pressure.
  • Bleeding. Some tumors can bleed internally or externally.
  • Blockage. Large tumors can obstruct vital pathways, such as the intestines or airways, leading to difficulties with breathing, eating, or waste elimination.
  • Infection. In some cases, tumors can become infected, leading to fever, pain, and swelling.
  • Cosmetic concerns. Depending on the location, benign tumors can sometimes cause visible lumps or bumps that may be bothersome.

Types of Tumors

There are two main categories of tumors: benign and malignant.

Benign Tumors

Benign tumors are non-cancerous growths that do not spread to other parts of the body. Benign tumors can occur in various tissues, including soft tissues (muscles, fat, nerves), bones, and blood vessels.

While benign tumors are generally not life-threatening, they can sometimes cause pain, discomfort, or cosmetic concerns. Examples of benign tumors include lipomas (fatty tumors) and fibroids (growths in the uterus).

Malignant Tumors (Cancer)

Malignant tumors are cancerous growths that have the ability to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. 

Cancerous cells are abnormal and can disrupt the proper functioning of organs and tissues. Therefore, early detection of cancer is crucial for successful treatment.

Understanding Cancer

Cancer is a complex disease that can affect any part of the body. It arises when abnormal cells grow and divide uncontrollably, forming tumors. These tumors can disrupt the normal functioning of organs and tissues. Cancerous cells can also break away from the original tumor and travel through the body, spreading the disease.

There are many different types of cancer, each with its own cause and treatment approach. Some common risk factors for cancer include:

  • Age - As we age, our risk of developing cancer increases.
  • Tobacco use - Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and is responsible for about one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States.
  • Sun exposure - Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is a major risk factor for skin cancer.
  • Family history - Having a family history of cancer can increase your risk.
  • Certain lifestyle choices - Diet, physical activity, and weight can all influence cancer risk.

Role of Imaging in Tumor Evaluation

Imaging plays a vital role in the evaluation of both benign and malignant tumors. At Tellica Imaging, we offer a variety of advanced imaging techniques to give providers detailed visualization of the tumors and surrounding tissues.

  • CT Scans: These scans use x-rays to create detailed cross-sectional images of your body. CT scans can be helpful in detecting the presence, size, and location of tumors.
  • MRI Scans: MRI scans utilize strong magnetic fields to produce high-resolution images of organs, soft tissues, and bones. MRIs can provide valuable information about the characteristics of a tumor, such as its blood supply and potential aggressiveness.

These imaging techniques are non-invasive or minimally invasive in most cases, allowing for a comfortable and painless diagnostic experience. The detailed information obtained through CT scans and MRIs plays a vital role in:

  • Distinguishing between benign and malignant tumors: Early and accurate diagnosis is crucial for determining the appropriate course of treatment. 
    • For benign tumors, early diagnosis allows for prompt treatment to address any pain, discomfort, or cosmetic concerns.
    • For malignant tumors, early detection offers several advantages, including a wider range of treatment options, improved treatment success rates, and a reduced risk of complications.
  • Staging malignant tumors: If cancer is present, staging helps determine the extent of the cancer's spread, which is critical for planning treatment.

If you have discovered a lump or mass, or are experiencing any concerning symptoms that may indicate a tumor, do not hesitate to talk to your provider.

Imaging Tests for Tumors & Cancer-Related Conditions with Tellica Imaging

At Tellica Imaging, we understand that undergoing scans for tumors or cancer can cause anxiety. Rest assured that our staff is dedicated to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for every patient. Additionally, our upfront and transparent pricing eliminates surprise bills, ensuring you can focus on your health.

Visit us at any of our convenient locations and our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, call us to schedule an imaging test at any of our locations.

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