Unresectable Solid Tumors

What Are Unresectable Solid Tumors?

An unresectable solid tumor is a mass of malignant cells that is unable to be completely removed through surgery. These tumors can occur in almost any part of the body and can vary in size. A solid tumor is one that does not contain any liquid or fluid, as opposed to a cystic tumor. It can be very difficult to treat unresectable solid tumors, as they cannot be completely removed.


Unresectable solid tumors can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, age, lifestyle, and environmental factors. These tumors are often the result of a mutation in a gene that controls cell division. Certain environmental exposures, such as radiation or certain chemicals, can also increase the risk of developing an unresectable solid tumor.


Unresectable solid tumors can occur in many different parts of the body. Common types of unresectable solid tumors include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Esophageal cancer


The signs and symptoms of an unresectable solid tumor depend on the type and size of the tumor. Generally, unresectable solid tumors can cause pain, swelling, and weakness. They may also cause fatigue, weight loss, and other nonspecific signs and symptoms.


An unresectable solid tumor can be difficult to diagnose because it is unable to be completely removed. Diagnosis is often done through a combination of imaging tests, including ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans. A biopsy may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment for an unresectable solid tumor is typically MULTI-MODAL, meaning that multiple therapies are used in combination. Common treatments include radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, and other approaches. Patients may also undergo supportive care, such as pain relief or nutritional support.


The outlook for an unresectable solid tumor depends on the type and location of the tumor, as well as the patient’s overall health. Some tumors may be able to be managed with therapy, while others may not respond to treatment. It is important to speak with your doctor to understand your specific prognosis.