Types of Tumors
Benign tumor is an abnormal growth of a particular cell type presenting as a mass. The benign tumor is normally excised when the size of the mass is large enough to put pressure on the surrounding tissue and cause pain, or when the mass is cosmetically unsightly.
Malignant tumors bear the common name of â€œcancer.â€ These are tumors that divide aggressively and destroy the tissue planes around them. They eventually metastasize or travel to other parts of the body.
The only tumors treated at ROC about the elbow are benign tumors.
- Lipomas or Fatty Tumors – They cause symptoms when they develop to a large size
- Articular (joint) Ganglion Cysts – Commonly develop in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
- Bony Tumors like Osteochondromatosis, or Heterotopic Ossification – Their presence causes pain due to the space occupying effect
Malignant tumors about the elbow are referred to MD Anderson because of their expertise and success in handling malignant tumors with a team approach and because of their proximity to our office.