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Can a benign tumor of the breast spread to several lymph nodes?

By Anonymous July 6, 2009 - 7:12am
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Dear Anon

Thanks for this question, it's a great one! And welcome to Empowher!

One of Empowher's health videos describes benign tumors as "... 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."

So a tumor that's non cancerous won't metastasize like a cancerous growth, but it can grow to an extent that it pushes against organs or tissues and affect their function.

Anon, do you have a benign tumor or think you may have? Can you update us a little?

July 6, 2009 - 1:24pm
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