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Chemotherapy and benign tumors?

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Chemotherapy and benign tumors?

Postby clarance » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:05 am

I have a coworker who has had benign tumors on/in/somewhere around her uterus or cervix (I didn't get in to detail where exactly). The past couple months she has been cramping. She went to the Dr and she has told us all she has cancer again. I asked her if it had been tested she said well no not yet... I said well last time was it benign or not? She said it was benign then she continued to tell us how she just didn't want to go thru chemotherapy again and loose all her hair again. I am no Dr, but for any reason is it possible someone would undergo chemo for benign tumor. I think shedoesnt know what the heck she is talking about... I was almost positive benign tumors are not cancerous whatsoever and that they.can be removed by surgery. Am I wrong
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Chemotherapy and benign tumors?

Postby buegoneguig41 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:15 am

You are right.
Chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells. She should go to a different doctor that is not connected with the one who told her that she needs chemo >> a cancer specialist. Go to the doctor with her and ask questions she might not think of, everyone should take a trusted friend or family to the doctor with them.
Tumors in that area should be easily removed, whether they are cancerous or benign.
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Chemotherapy and benign tumors?

Postby therron57 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:17 am

First of all you shouldn't be quizzing her about her health. It's none of your business and you are probably making her more upset about her illness.
Benign means not cancerous. Some benign tumors are treated with chemo when surgical removal is not possible or she's trying to save her uterus/cervix or whatever.
Fibroid tumors of the uterus can be very aggressive and if she still wants children surgical removal is not an option.
FYI - benign brain tumors are often treated with chemo. Benign thyroid tumors may be treated with radiation.
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