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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in The Diagnosis |

Is It Cancer?

Is It Cancer?


Puzzled about the difference between Mastocytosis and Cancer? You're not the only one! Please head for theĀ Why Is It All So Confusing section of the forum.

If you have been diagnosed with matocytosis and you are seeing an oncologist and you are treated in a cancer center, you may wonder …

But let me reassure you, unless you are in the tiniest minority of patients, mastocytosis is not cancer.

Cancer is a case of too much of a bad thing. Mastocytosis is a case of too much of a good thing, so to speak.

Here's what Mastocytosis Society Canada has to say about this:

Cutaneous and Indolent forms of mastocytosis, and mast cell activation disorders, are not cancer.

Some aggressive forms of mastocytosis and mast cell leukemia do involve types of cancer.

In most cases, mastocytosis does not equal cancer.

However, this is a neoplastic disorder which refers to the abnormal proliferation of cells. Cancer is also classified as neoplastic. The difference is that cancer cells are malignant. Mast cells are actually good immune system cells but in the case of mastocytosis and other mast cell disorders, the mast cells may be elevated in numbers and/or behaving abnormally.