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do cancerous lymph nodes grow

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
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 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
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
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience in Family Medicine
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
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matt Malkin
15 years experience in Anesthesiology
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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
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
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A 24-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
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
20 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Nodes.: Usually, cancerous lymph nodes are firm, larger than normal, not tender, and continue to enlarge over weeks/months.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Monson
22 years experience in General Surgery
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
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
32 years experience in Radiation Oncology
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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Especially if it is a cancer involving the lymphocytes.
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