Non-Invasive Tumor

Last Modified: January 24, 2012

Question

What does "non-invasive tumor" mean?

Answer

James Metz, MD, OncoLink Editor In Chief, responds:

A 'non-invasive' tumor really means that the tumor has not invaded through layers of the organ. However, non-invasive, does not necessarily mean a tumor cannot cause a problem. Like real estate, it is all about location. A non-invasive tumor in the brain can push on critical structures and make it act in a malignant fashion. It is important to look at the entire situation to determine there are any additional treatments required.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Interpreting Test Results transcript.

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