A cardiac tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the heart and may be classified as either cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). Cardiac tumors are further classified as either primary (originating from the heart) or secondary (spread from a tumor in a different part of the body). Primary cardiac tumors are extremely rare, while secondary cardiac tumors are 20-30 times more frequent. They most commonly arise in patients with lung cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, renal cell cancer, or lymphoma.
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Primary cancerous tumors are likely to be treated with radiation or chemotherapy. There are several surgeries a doctor may choose to perform for the removal of non-cancerous tumors.