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How to tell if lymph nodes are cancerous

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
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 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
You get definitive answers about a lymph node by removing it and having it studied by a pathologist. That said, it is common to feel pea sized lymph n... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph glands doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The size and location of the nodes you mention are normal. The only way to totally exclude cancer in any node is to remove it for study by a pathologi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
Family Medicine 16 years experience
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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Serious problem: Serious problem. Your head and neck surgeon or oncologist can give you specific information about prognosis and treatment modalities. Best treatment w... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
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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