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Gerhild F Bjornson, MD
(802) 878-7878
1 Market Pl Unit 1
Essex Junction, VT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1975

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Mildred Ann Reardon, MD
(802) 656-7926
2320 Oak Hill Rd
Williston, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt

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Barbara Winslow Grant
(802) 847-8400
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Dr.George Phillips
(802) 847-0000
111 Colchester Ave # B113
Burlington, VT
Gender
M
Speciality
Oncologist
General Information
Hospital: Fletcherallen Health Care
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Mary Cushman, MD
(802) 656-8959
208 S Park Dr Ste 2
Colchester, VT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1989

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Carleton R Haines, MD
(802) 878-3115
88 Mountain View Rd
Williston, VT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Chris E Holmes
(802) 847-8400
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Laurence E McCahill, MD
(802) 847-4143
1 S Prospect St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Cheung Wong, MD
(201) 678-1899
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1992

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Giselle Saulnier-Sholler
(802) 847-8200
111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT
Specialty
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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What To Do About Benign Tumors of the Hand

Benign tumors may not spread and cause death but they can create significant problems just the same. Tumors of the hand (the focus of this article) can wrap themselves around nerves, cut off blood supply, and cause fractures. Undiagnosed and untreated, they can invade surrounding soft tissues and eat away at the bone causing significant loss of motion, deformity, and disability.

Although benign tumors of the hand are fairly common, there are no large studies comparing one treatment to another. Therefore, today's modern treatment is largely based on the hand surgeon's experience and what little information can be gleaned from case studies published in medical journals.

That's why these two hand surgeons combined their knowledge and expertise in presenting an up-to-date review on benign tumors of the bone and soft tissues of the hand. They base their recommendations on studies that are available and on their own experiences. The authors point out the fact that many tumors in the hand are treated based on similar tumors in other parts of the body, not necessarily from experience or evidence with hand tumors.

Benign tumors under consideration can affect the bone (e.g., osteoid osteoma, cysts, giant cell tumors), cartilage (e.g., osteochondroma, enchondroma, periosteal chondroma, fibromas), fat/connective tissue (e.g., lipomas, giant cell tumor of tendon sheath), nerves (e.g., Schwannoma, neurofibroma), and blood vessels (e.g., glomus tumor).

The authors discuss each one of these benign tumors, their clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment. The diagnosis is made when patients observe an odd lump under the skin or hard bump on the bone. Concern about what this might be brings them into see the doctor. Pain, swelling, and local tenderness are the most common symptoms (when symptoms are present).

X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests (CT scan, MRI) and biopsy help make the diagnosis. Many times, it's quite obvious that the problem is a benign tumor of the hand so biopsy isn't necessary.

Conservative (nonoperative) care may be possible for some tumors. Aspirin for pain management seems to work well for osteoid osteomas (benign bone tumors). Radiofrequency ablation (a heat treatment) has been tried for other tumors of this type elsewhere in the body.

A few studies have been published with mixed results of radiofrequency ablation with hand tumors. The structures of the hand are so small, it's easy to damage the small bones of the hand, as well as the tiny nerves, and blood vessels.

But many tumors must be carefully removed, a procedure called surgical excision. If a large amount of bone is removed, bone replacement called grafting may be needed to fill in the hole. When the cartilage is involved, the surgeon does everything possible to preserve the joint surface.

If bone fracture has already occurred (and that's why the patient was diagnosed), treatment involves removing the tumor as well as healing t...

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