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how to tell if lymph nodes are cancerous

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends on the : Location and number of nodes. If only one or two nodes near the tumor are involved, cure may still be possible. However, if a tumor in the lung has sp ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Size is Size: 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
A female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, mostly touch: If there are multiple smaller nodes then it's not as suspicious. If they sprung up and were tender and soft and mobile then they are likely benign. It ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Grover
25 years experience General Surgery
You cannot: The only way to confirm cancer is with a biopsy an evaluation of the tissues removed. Feel alone only tells you there is something there and it may n ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Associated findings: And biopsy. Bacterial infection, e.g., strep throat has different clinical findings than breast cancer that may have spread to the lymphnodes. In dif ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Consult: It would seem to me the logical thing would be for you and your husband to have a sit down, one on one consult with the physician treating you in orde ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
No lymph node spread: Stage I means, no lymph node spread, by pre operative evaluation, partial nephrectomy usually done for selective small tumors upto 4 cm or has les ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience 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 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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