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Do cancerous lymph nodes grow

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Most of the lymph nodes that you find are your friends. Malignant nodes are usually pretty early to recognize as abnormal.

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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Less likely: Cancerous lymph nodes typically are hard. Lymphomas (another kind of malignancy in lymph nodes) might be softer, or even feel fluid-filled (cystic). A... Read More
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Stop worrying: If they're not growing, not fixed to nearby structures, and you don't have obvious signs / symptoms of illness, forget about cancer. All young adults ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Correct...: Typically, early cancers/malignancies do not cause pain. Some nodes can be smaller and be cancerous. Often, by the time one experiences pain from the ... Read More
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Overgeneralization: Neither the size nor symptoms associated with enlarged lymph nodes will differentiate lymphoma from other causes of lymphadenopathy, including other c... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
They can: If enough tumor gets involved, they can get hard. However, small metastases may not be detected except by biopsy. Cancer diagnosis and treatment will ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Your doctor should g: A physical examination by a good doctor can guide you further. If there is a real lump in your neck, we need to know more about this lump...like how b... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephania Timothy
Specializes in General Surgery
Swollen lymph nodes: Yes if the lymph nodes are related to cancer they will grow granted at what time frame is hard to know. At your age, it is more likely that these are... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Nodes.: Usually, cancerous lymph nodes are firm, larger than normal, not tender, and continue to enlarge over weeks/months.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 23 years experience
Not necessarily: We can't tell whether lymph nodes are cancerous or not just by feeling them for movement. The only way to know for sure is to obtain tissue from the ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Depends: If the cancer is contained within the capsule of the lymph node it is mobile. If the cancer has penetrated through the capsule of the lymph node i... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Not usually: Cancer is painless in early stages. But it can cause some pain and discomfort with ongoing enlargement, so big growths do become painful with time.

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