Summary: Tumors can hit or spread to any area of the body, including the hands. If it happens to you, it’s best to be prepared.
Tumors are serious business. We hear about the worst ones all the time… brain tumors, lymph node tumors… but one type of tumor that doesn’t get as much attention (though it can be just as severe) is hand tumors. We spoke with Dr. Polsen, our friend and resident expert of Houston hand surgery, about these pesky tumors and what they could mean for you.
Not all tumors are cancerous or deadly. Hand tumors can be either benign or malignant, but often only a pathologic diagnosis can discern between the two. This is why it is so important to visit a good doctor/hand surgeon if you suspect you may be suffering from this issue. Tumors are an abnormal mass of tissue, and oftentimes in the hand can be felt just by touching the area. If you feel a mass or bump in your hand, palm or finger, it may be a good time to visit a qualified hand surgeon.
Handing it Over
Dr. Polsen put us at ease when he explained that the softest compressible cysts of the hand are called ganglion cysts, and that this is a benign condition which is easily operable. Most masses in your hand will not be of a cancerous nature. Just to be safe though, it is always important to air on the side of caution. Dr. Polsen meets with his patients one-on-one and does a thorough evaluation before suggesting any sort of hand surgery. This will assure that you won’t be doing any unnecessary stress/trauma to your hands and fingers.
In Your Hands
Benign tumors can sometimes simply be ignored, or, as Dr. Polsen suggests, they may be reduced in size or removed entirely via surgery. However, for cancerous tumors, options are more intensive, such as radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery. Understanding what is wrong with your hands will give you the tools you need to decide what the best plan of attack is for making them healthy. Visiting an expert like Dr. Polsen will equip you with the information needed to make an educated decision on the state of your hands. Plastic Surgery Articles prays that each of our readers stays happy and healthy, and that anyone who worries they have a tumor in their hand seeks out the proper care.