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do cancerous lymph nodes shrink

A 56-year-old member asked:
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 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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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
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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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Weeks
44 years experience in Family Medicine
No: You can't cause cancer by touching or pushing on your lymph nodes.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Both: A lymph node draining a tumor may become enlarged without metastic lesion. Metastases will certainly cause enlargement.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
yes. but no: Clinical finding is definitive for benign or malignant. Nodes commonly come and go to feel/touch. Lymphoma not common.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
See below: The vast majority enlarge and harden.
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