My 16 year old had his appendix removed a month ago. lab results read he had a 3mm cancerous tumor "inside only" of the appendix. does he need a cancer specialist now, or is he ok? The doctor is leaving it up to us????Can you give me your advice?
The most common form of tumors within the appendix are carcinoid tumors, but not all appendiceal carcinoids are malignant. Most of the time, tumors less than 2 cm are not malignant.
Other types of appendiceal neoplasms include adenocarcinomas, signet ring cell carcinoma (has a worse prognosis), Mucinous cystadenomas and soft tissue tumors.
In your son's case, since the tumor was just 3mm, and the appendix has already been removed, there is no need to worry too much.
But you should know the biopsy results and the type of tumor / cancer detected. You can consult a gastroenterologist with the biopsy results and he might be able to provide a proper information and help.
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