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How are malignant tumors treated?

How a malignant tumor is treated depends on the type and extent of the malignancy. A tissue sample (biopsy) is usually needed to determine the exact kind of malignancy. Studies, like a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, may be done to see if the cancer has spread anywhere else. Treatment can involve surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or any combination of these. Surgery is a possibility if it will improve survival or quality of life in a way that outweighs the pain and risks of the surgery. Chemotherapy or radiation may be needed before and/or after the surgery. Long-term monitoring and follow-up is needed as well. Finally, if a malignancy is very advanced (has spread extensively throughout the body), the best treatment may be palliative care instead of unpleasant, aggressive treatments.

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