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Sarah Allen Thurman, MD
(207) 871-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1996

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Anna Halina Niegowska
(207) 879-3030
144 State St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Cornelius John McGinn, MD
(207) 871-2276
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1989

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Laurie Ann Small, MD
(207) 761-0125
887 Congress St Ste 100
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Anna Halina Niegowska, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Lublin, Poland
Graduation Year: 1989

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Marjorie Ann Boyd
(207) 774-5662
19 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Hematology, Hematology / Oncology

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Charles Kazuto Tashima, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: Central Maine Med Ctr, Lewiston, Me
Group Practice: St Mary's Hematology/Oncology

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Roger Charles Inhorn, MD
(207) 879-3030
144 State St Fl 4
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1990

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Stuart Gary Gilbert, MD
(207) 885-7750
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Maine Med Ctr, Portland, Me
Group Practice: Spectrum Medical Group; Spectrum Medical Group At Maine Med Ctr Scarborough

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Louis G Bove, MD
(207) 207-7740
32 Penrith Rd
Portland, ME
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1952

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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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