Heart tumours

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Learn about heart tumours in children, and how they are diagnosed. Both the most common types of benign and malignant tumours are discussed.

Key points

  • Heart tumours may start growing in the heart (primary tumours) or they may metastasize from somewhere else in the body (secondary tumours).
  • There are many different types of heart tumours. Most primary heart tumours are benign (non-cancerous).
  • Heart tumours often mimic the symptoms of other conditions, so they can be hard to diagnose.
  • Treatment depends on the type of heart tumour, its size and whether it is cancerous.
Last updated: March 19th 2010