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Breast Cancer

Nodule

11/15/2007

Question:

What is meant by the term nodule.

Answer:

A nodule is a generic term for a mass.  It can be fluid-filled or solid.  It can be benign or cancerous.

It is the same thing as saying that you have a "ball"...that ball could be a ping pong ball, a football, a soccer ball, or a soft ball.  Using the term "ball" doesn't tell you how large it is, whether it is solid or filled with air, whether it is round or oblong, etc.

 

 

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Response by:

Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University