How Do You Know The Nature Of A Malignant Or Benign Tumor Besides Doing A Biopsy?
My mother was convicted of having a tumor, but it is still unknown what type of tumor. The position of the tumor is in the head. The doctor suggested doing a biopsy to find out the type of tumor, but I read-read biopsy also has side effects. The doctor also said that biopsy was also at risk, especially because my mother also had hypertension.
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All cases of tumors in various organs actually need a tissue biopsy as a gold standard check to determine whether the tumor is malignant or benign. Tissue biopsy examination can observe to the level of cells guarded by a microscope so that the origin of tumor cells is clear and their nature.
In the case of brain tumors tissue biopsies are generally performed together with removal of the tumor mass to determine further treatment. In this case with the condition that there are ballast factors to do surgery, then the doctor needs to consider the advantages and disadvantages if there will still be surgery and biopsy. If it is considered to provide more benefits then it should be done for optimal treatment for the patient even though the risk remains.
The characteristics of malignancy can actually be seen from imaging tests such as MRI, for example the nature of the tumor appears to infiltrate into the surrounding tissue quickly, but still the main examination is a biopsy. Therefore further evaluation and clinical consideration is needed by the doctor. The doctor is only entitled to convey the actions that according to his knowledge are the best that can be done at this time, but the family will still determine it as the patient's responsibility. If you have doubts, it doesn't hurt to do a second opinion with another surgeon to find out other clinical advice.
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