Recovery from Tumor Removal
Tumor removal is usually considered successful if the entire tumor can be safely removed or if enough of a benign tumor was removed to relieve pressure on nearby nerves. Recovery from tumor removal will depend on where the tumor was located, whether it was benign or malignant, and how it affected the patient prior to removal. Patients are monitored afterwards to determine if related symptoms have disappeared or subsided.
Benign tumors only grow in one place and are not likely to return after removal and won’t spread to other parts of the body. Some tumors, especially those that are malignant, may come back if tiny cells, called seeds, spread to nearby areas where the original tumor was located. With careful post-surgery monitoring and appropriate follow-up treatments, the risk of a tumor returning after removal can be minimized.