Malignant tumor is a tumor which is cancerous. This type of tumor has the ability to multiply in an uncontrollable manner and spread to different parts of the body. Malignant tumors invade the surrounding tissues. The difference between a malignant tumor and a benign tumor is that a malignant tumor will expand a invade the surrounding tissues but a benign tumor does not invade the surrounding tissues and is self contained.
A malignant tumor is in most cases capable of producing metastases and may recur after attempts of removing it. In most cases a malignant tumor causes the death of the person unless the tumor is adequately treated.
Signs and symptoms- There are many signs and symptoms which indicate the presence of a malignant tumor in the body.
Causes- There are many factors which cause malignant tumors in the body. One of the major causes of tumors are genes.
Diagnosis- If the doctor suspects that there is a malignant tumor then he can diagnose the patient on the basis of the results achieved after the biopsy of the cells of the tumor. If the results state that the tumor is a malignant then the doctor can diagnose the patient with malignant tumor.
Treatment- Treatment of a malignant tumor is determined by taking certain factors into consideration like location, size and stage of the tumor. The patient’s health is also taken into consideration.
Some of the common methods of treatment are radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy. Surgery can at times be the best method of treatment as it can prevent a recurrence.