Listen, as Dr. Templeton describes a benign tumor.
A benign tumor is one that’s not a cancer, and so when you talk with your doctor or your healthcare provider, you may hear a variety of terms. If you go in with a lump or a bump, they may say it’s a lesion. A lesion is just very non-specific and can be anything. It doesn’t even necessarily mean it’s a growth. It’s a very non-specific term that someone uses when they are not sure what you have.
They may tell you that you have a mass, which is also very non-specific. It just tells you that it’s, again, a lump or a bump of some kind that they have isolated and think that it probably is a growth.
A tumor is a growth where an area of tissue starts growing abnormally, and so it starts developing extra tissue in that area, and that tissue can be a wide variety of different things.
About Dr. Kim Templeton, M.D.:
Kim Templeton, M.D., received her degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a specialty in orthopedics and musculoskeletal oncology and began her career with an orthopedic residency at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
She then accepted a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1995, she came to the KU School of Medicine, where her commitment to excellence and orthopedic education has opened the way to positions of leadership. She is now the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Education Program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, holds the first Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, and currently serves as president of the KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science program.