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  • 0:03 Detective Work
  • 0:33 Neoplastic Etiology
  • 1:37 Treatment
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
What is neoplastic etiology? While the term may seem foreign or tough, this lesson explains the name and addresses the major treatment options for problems stemming from a neoplastic etiology.

Detective Work

Neo is a special kind of detective. He's a doctor. While he's not out there solving criminal matters, he is piecing together clues about his patient's body and test results to try and figure out why his patient is sick. Like a criminal case can have many dead ends, many leads, and many possible suspects, so too does the work of a clinical case.

This time around, Neo has figured out that his patient's problem stems from a neoplastic etiology. What is this? Let's find out together in this lesson.

Neoplastic Etiology

Neoplastic etiology sounds like a code word of some sort, but Neo can easily crack this one for us. Something of a neoplastic etiology arises as a result of a benign tumor or cancer. Here's why.

Neoplasia is broken down like this: 'neo-' means new and '-plasia' refers to the formation or development of something. In other words, the new formation or development of benign or malignant (cancerous) cells and/or tissues. In effect, neoplasia refers to a benign or cancerous tumor.

Tumor is a word that refers to a swelling of some sort. However, the word tumor is nowadays used to refer to a specific swelling, a benign or malignant growth (lump). That being said, keep in mind that not all cancers have lumps and bumps associated with them, but they still fall under the term 'neoplasia' nonetheless.

Etiology is much easier to define. Etiology refers to the cause of a disease. In sum, something of neoplastic etiology is caused by a benign tumor or cancer.


Neo tells us that there is more than one way we can treat a problem that is of neoplastic etiology. The first, and most obvious, way is to treat the benign tumor or cancer itself. If we get rid of the cause of the problem, the problem should hopefully go away as well. The three main ways by which Neo can get rid of neoplasia include:

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