Shoulder Tumor

Tumors are divided into benign and malignant types. A benign tumor is an abnormal growth of a particular cell type presenting as a mass.

Pathology

Types of Tumors

Benign   An abnormal growth of a cell type localized to a certain part of the body

Malignant – These bear the common name of “cancer;” tumors that divide aggressively and destroy the tissue planes around them. They eventually metastasize, or travel, to other parts of the body

Treatment

ROC will only treat benign tumors. Benign tumors are usually lipomas, or fatty tumors causing symptoms due to their large size. Another cause can be articular cysts, which are discussed in the section on nerve compression syndromes of the shoulder. These cysts are treated both open and arthroscopically.

Malignant tumors about the shoulder 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 in Houston.