Black Tumor

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Asked by Delia

Black Tumor

What is the medical term for a black tumor?

Answer

Delia,

Thanks for your question.

There are two possibilities to your question.

One is a neuro-endocrine tumor that can occur in the pancreas, made up of specific cells in the pancreas that usually produce specialized hormones, called islet cells. These tumors are black in color when examined. Neuro-endocrine tumors can also occur in the adrenal glands. All of these tumors are extremely rare.

Another answer to your question is metastatic melanoma. Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that, if not treated in time, can become very aggressive and spread through the blood stream to any organ in the body. When it does spread, it forms tumors that are black in color and are sometimes referred to as black tumors.

I hope this information has been helpful.

Martin Cane, M.D.