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Desmoid tumor


Other Names for this Disease

  • Aggressive fibromatosis
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Overview

Desmoid tumors are benign (noncancerous) growths of the connective tissue. Although these tumors rarely spread to more distant parts of the body, they have a tendency to invade surrounding tissues and can be very difficult to remove.[1] Signs and symptoms vary from person to person and largely depend on the size and location of the tumor; however, many affected people experience pain, numbness, and/or tingling.[2] The cause of desmoid tumors is unknown, but they sometimes occur in people with certain conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).[3] Treatment consists of surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or hormone therapy may also be used in some cases.[4]
Last updated: 11/30/2014

References

  1. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/desmoid-tumor. Genetic Home Reference. March 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/desmoid-tumor.
  2. Hosalkar HS, Fox EJ, Delaney T, Torbert JT, Ogilvie CM, Lackman RD. Desmoid Tumors and Current Status of Management. The Orthopedic Clinics of North America. 2006; 37:53-63. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16311111. Accessed 10/24/2011.
  3. de Bree E, Keus R, Melissas J, Tsiftsis D, van Coevorden F. Desmoid tumors: need for an individualized approach. Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy. 2009; 9:525-535. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19374605. Accessed 10/24/2011.
  4. Biermann JS. Desmoid Tumors. Current Treatment Options in Oncology. 2000; 1:262-266. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12057169. Accessed 10/25/2011.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Aggressive fibromatosis
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