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Terminology

Discussion in 'Tests and Procedures' started by Ooohmekneeshurt, May 14, 2018.

  1. Ooohmekneeshurt

    Ooohmekneeshurt Registered

    This may sound weird; but what in your view is the difference between, a nodule, a lesion, and a tumour; or does it make any difference? I have recently had both a CT scan and MRI, and all three words have been used to describe what was found.
     
  2. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

  3. Ooohmekneeshurt

    Ooohmekneeshurt Registered

    Actually its not in my lungs, but my liver, .......and its bigger than these. I did want clarification incase there was any link to autoimmune hepititis or other autoimmune liver problems.

    Unfortunately I am just getting over cancer, and still see the Oncologist, which is why I havent been on the Forum for a while. It could be nothing, but its doesnt help when the Docs use different termanology.
    'They' often dont think about what they say. One ACTUALLY said to me............. you may have to decide if you want to die of MCTD and its complications,...or...cancer!!

    Wonderfully uplifting guy!! NOT!!!!!!
     
  4. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    Wow, what a thing to say. Definitely lacking in the bedside manner department. I'd say the only way to find out is to ask your doctor directly.

    Take care,
    Lazylegs
     
  5. x_claire_x

    x_claire_x Moderator

    quote....Nodules are abnormal growths, usually round in form, that accumulate on the surface of tissue or in an organ. When found in the liver, they take the form of small bumps within the liver tissue, and are usually benign, rarely causing symptoms. They can, nevertheless, induce mild to severe pain if of a large size. They are easily detected with an ultrasound exam, sometimes revealing many nodules together, which is called focal nodular hyperplasia.

    quote Liver tumors or hepatic tumors are tumors or growths on or in the liver (medical terms pertaining to the liver often start in hepato- or hepatic from the Greek word for liver, hepar). Several distinct types of tumors can develop in the liver because the liver is made up of various cell types. These growths can be benign or malignant (cancerous).

    quote A lesion is any abnormal damage or change in the tissue of an organism, usually caused by disease or trauma.

    Basically your doctors are not sure what is happening it seems in your liver so have used all the terminology to describe an abnormal event in your liver tissue, which may be benign or malignant. At the end of the day, the main thing is that you have had it scanned to find out what is going on in your body and plan any treatment needed. Obviously it could very easily be disease linked, but they do need to clarify there is nothing sinister going on in there as you know.

    The Liver is such a good organ for regeneration....so hopefully it will heal well if any surgery is needed etc.....Take care, let us know how you get on and wishing you loads of luck X

    Claire
     
  6. Ooohmekneeshurt

    Ooohmekneeshurt Registered

    The complexity of having several autoimmune problems...............

    Just to add a little more........as I have ONLY just been informed; although I saw the Consultant more than a month ago, I have only today received a copy of his report to my GP.

    They have also found some new auto antibody markers; namely MDA 5 and Anti TIF 1 gamma. He didnt tell me that when I was sat in front of him?????? Consultants not specialising in cancer appear to have a problem saying the word. Whilst these are only markers, MDA5 is a marker for associated lung problems............thing is I also have U1-RNP which is why I have Pulmonary fibrosis. And.... all of my ANA auto antibodies have developed into the associated autoimmune disease.

    MDA5 and Anti TIF 1 are both also indicators for cancer as well as other things and these are new to my ANA list. I appreciate tumours / nodules etc can be benign; the plan here is for me to have another MRI, so they can measure if its got any larger. Also, as I mention above, I have recently had cancer surgery. So its a question of the Oncologist got to it before it grew larger (the previous one)...but why I would now have cancer marjers I dont know why?? OR my MCTD might be developing into other forms of cancer. And as yet, I dont know if these link to my liver tumour.

    Apart from the tumour in my liver, ........ does anyone have any experience of MDA5 and Anti TIF 1 gamma ?????

    Ironically I see my Oncologist tomorrow,....hope he has a good sleep tonight.
     
  7. debatat

    debatat Moderator

    I hope that your appt goes well and that you get some answers to your questions.
     

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