Benign tumors are noncancerous growths. These tend to be less aggressive than cancers and have little or no likelihood of spreading to other portions of the body (metastasizing). These tumors tend to grow slowly or not at all. When they occur inside the bone, they can cause thinning of the bone and increase the likelihood that the bone may break. In the soft tissues, compression on nerves and blood vessels may lead to symptoms. We often see benign tumors in the office that have been discovered during a workup of another problem. For example: x-rays taken for knee pain may show a benign tumor that has been there since childhood. In general, benign tumors are not life threatening. They occasionally, however, cause their own set of issues related to mass effect or thinning of the bone.
Common types of benign soft tissue tumors:
Common types of benign bone tumors:
|Malignant Extremity Tumors|
|Benign Extremity Tumors|
|Soft Tissue Sarcoma|
|Metastatic Bone Disease|
|William C. Brown, MD|
Dr. William Brown is co-medical director of The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk and a plastic surgeon with the extremity tumor program. He completed his fellowship training at Duke University. His expertise in reconstructive surgery following tumor resection is imperative in providing limb preserving options for patients with extremity tumors.