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What is a Prostate Tumor?

A prostate tumor is an abnormal growth within the prostate gland, which is exclusive to male anatomy. These growths can be benign or malignant, with the latter known as prostate cancer. Early detection is key to effective treatment. Visuals below illustrate the differences and progression. How can recognizing symptoms early alter outcomes? Continue reading to understand the significance of awareness and action.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

A prostate tumor is an abnormal cell growth discovered on or in the prostate. While many assume that the presence of a tumor in the male reproductive system indicates the presence of prostate cancer, that is not always the case. However, physicians tend to take the presence of a prostate tumor seriously, and often order a biopsy so that the current status of the growth can be determined and treated accordingly.

There are actually three basic types of tumors of the prostate. A benign tumor is a mass that is self-contained. That is, the tumor does not appear to be consuming surrounding tissue and has not begun to spread to other parts of the body. This is the least dangerous of any type of prostate tumor, although physicians will sometimes order the removal of the growth or at least monitor it very closely.

Men who are suffering from prostate tumors may benefit from therapy.
Men who are suffering from prostate tumors may benefit from therapy.

The precancerous tumor is a growth that is not currently exhibiting any characteristics associated with cancer. The tumor is not currently spreading through the system and has not yet begun to damage surrounding organs. However, the rapid growth of the tumor along with other warning signs indicates there is a strong chance that cancer will develop in the short term.

Surgery is generally the first line of defense to remove a tumor from the prostate.
Surgery is generally the first line of defense to remove a tumor from the prostate.

Far and away the most dangerous type of prostate tumor is a malignancy. This tumor is actively consuming tissue and is spreading to other areas of the body. When a tumor is suspected of being malignant, physicians often schedule surgery as soon as possible and remove the growth. If the biopsy on the extracted tumor indicates it is cancerous, a series of follow-up treatments will begin in an attempt to kill off any cancer cells that the malignancy released before its removal from the prostate.

The presence of a prostate tumor is something that should be taken seriously, and usually prompts a prostate biopsy to learn more information about the tumor.
The presence of a prostate tumor is something that should be taken seriously, and usually prompts a prostate biopsy to learn more information about the tumor.

In the event that it becomes necessary to treat prostate cancer, the first line of defense is to remove the growth from the prostate. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be utilized, depending on the circumstances and general health of the patient. Doctors will closely monitor the response of the patient to the treatments and adjust them as necessary. Along with physical treatments, counseling is often included as a means of helping the male deal with the damage to self-esteem that often accompanies this situation.

A prostate tumor refers to a cancerous growth that occurs in the prostate gland.
A prostate tumor refers to a cancerous growth that occurs in the prostate gland.

Even in situations where the prostate tumor is verified as benign, physicians are likely to consider surgery to remove the growth before it can begin to interfere with bodily functions or enter into a growth spurt. In order to detect the presence of a tumor early, digital rectal exams should be performed annually, along with any other screening techniques determined by the physician to be necessary.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including TheHealthBoard, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including TheHealthBoard, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Discussion Comments

CopperPipe

What is the difference between a normal prostate cell and a cancerous one? How can the "turn your head and cough" test possibly let a doctor know if your cells are becoming cancerous?

pharmchick78

One really interesting discovery about prostate cancer lately is the connection between circulating tumor cells and prostate cancer.

Researchers found that measuring the amount of circulating tumor cells, which are those that have broken off from the tumor, can tell how well a patient is responding to treatment.

On the flip side of that, researchers also found that a common prostate cancer treatment can actually promote prostate metastasis, essentially, the spreading of prostate cancer.

Although that's a scary discovery, at least now we know, and all of the new discoveries being made about prostate cancer ups our chances of curing it.

TunaLine

What is the most general prostate cancer staging? My dad is at risk for a prostate carcinoma since he's already had one benign prostate tumor. How does this cancer work, and what are the different stages of it?

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    • Men who are suffering from prostate tumors may benefit from therapy.
      By: WavebreakmediaMicro
      Men who are suffering from prostate tumors may benefit from therapy.
    • Surgery is generally the first line of defense to remove a tumor from the prostate.
      By: llhedgehogll
      Surgery is generally the first line of defense to remove a tumor from the prostate.
    • The presence of a prostate tumor is something that should be taken seriously, and usually prompts a prostate biopsy to learn more information about the tumor.
      By: peterjunaidy
      The presence of a prostate tumor is something that should be taken seriously, and usually prompts a prostate biopsy to learn more information about the tumor.
    • A prostate tumor refers to a cancerous growth that occurs in the prostate gland.
      By: rob3000
      A prostate tumor refers to a cancerous growth that occurs in the prostate gland.
    • Prostate exams can be used to detect the presence of a prostate tumor.
      By: nyul
      Prostate exams can be used to detect the presence of a prostate tumor.