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Do cancerous lymph nodes shrink

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
In early stages of metastatic tumor in lymph nodes the nodes are moveable. It is with spread of tumor through the capsule of the nodes that nodes beco... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Nodes.: Usually, cancerous lymph nodes are firm, larger than normal, not tender, and continue to enlarge over weeks/months.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 24 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
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 34 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 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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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Yes: Especially if it is a cancer involving the lymphocytes.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Both: A lymph node draining a tumor may become enlarged without metastic lesion. Metastases will certainly cause enlargement.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
yes. but no: Clinical finding is definitive for benign or malignant. Nodes commonly come and go to feel/touch. Lymphoma not common.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: The vast majority enlarge and harden.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes: If lymph nodes become smaller are not cancer and probably was because of infection.
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