Tumors in the Hand
At its most basic definition, a tumor is simply a collection of cells. The growth is not necessarily malignant simply because it’s there. Indeed, there are many reasons why you may develop tumors of the hand, and many of them—such as ganglion cysts—are both benign and easily treatable. In most cases, the only way to determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant is by a pathologic diagnosis (that is, via expert examination, test, and analysis). As with many tumors, the tumors of the hands can be composed of skin, soft tissue, or bones.
Treatment of the tumor will, generally, depend on the root cause of the tumor. Benign causes can often be addressed relatively simply. Malignant and cancerous tumors may have to be treated with radiation or chemo therapy, under the supervision of an oncologist. However, the first step is the examination of the hand, and Dr. Charles Polsen at Clear Lake Hand Center has extensive experience treating a wide range of hand ailments. If you think you may have a tumor of the hand, schedule a consultation with Dr. Polsen to begin the process of examination and study that will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
What are the Symptoms of Hand Tumors?
Unlike many other hand ailments, hand tumors can usually be detected with the naked eye. In most cases, you will be able to see any tumors or growths that develop and take action to treat those growths. Some cysts, for example, may simply be a collection of fluids, where others will be growths of tissue, bone, or skin. The symptoms of tumors may include the following:
- A lump that grows on the hand
- Pain in the hand, possibly along the joints
- A lump that feels fleshy or hard
- A lump that continues to grow
There may be more symptoms, of course. Tumors—because the condition is so broad—present a wide range of symptoms. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, a medical professional should examine you.
How Are Hand Tumors Treated?
The treatment for a hand tumor will depend greatly on the root cause of the hand tumor. In cases where the growth is causing harm or discomfort, the growth can be removed. How this removal is accomplished will, again, depend on the type of growth. Some cysts can be drained of fluid using only a needle. Other growth types may require minor surgery to remove the growth and preserve it for further examination. That examination will be vital in determining if some tumors are benign or malignant.
Most benign conditions can be treated with relative simplicity during an in-office or out-patient procedure. Once recovery is complete, most patients will return to their daily activities, often experiencing more comfort or significantly less pain. If you have a lump on your hands, or you are experiencing pain in your hands, contact Dr. Charles Polsen at Clear Lake Hand Clinic, serving the Houston area.
It’s true that most compressible cysts of the hand are simple ganglion cysts, a benign condition that is easily treated. But it takes a direct examination and appropriate study to make an accurate diagnosis. Contact Clear Lake Hand Center today to begin that process.