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What is the difference between a regular lymph node and a cancerous lymph node

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
What it contains: Lymph nodes drain a region of a body of its toxins, pathogens, & dead cells through the lymphatic system. This parallels the venous system. Once the... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Nodes are sentinels: Throughout the body, and generate protection, collect/filter lymph harboring micro-oraagnisms and cancer. They contain normal architecture that itself... Read More

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It varies: Most cancerous lymph nodes are painless. But if they are growing faster, pain may appear at some stage; there is no bearing on the size of the lymph n... Read More
Dr. inderjit Deol
Pathology 41 years experience
Large lymph node: Pain is not related to the size (measurement) of the lymph node. However, large lymph nodes can impinge adjacent nerves which can cause pain.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
It may be,,,,: A cancerous lymph node may be moveable. It's just that its consistency(hard, painless, irregular) is different from a non-cancerous lymph node(soft, ... Read More
Dr. inderjit Deol
Pathology 41 years experience
Lymph node: In early stages, yes, cancerous lymph node is moveable. But in later stages, cancerous lymph nodes become firm to hard, matted (adherent to each other... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
NO: With out treatment will not go down , must be treated , to follow the oncologist advise.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Lymphoma: The node can be of any size. If you find a suspicious or new node, see your primary doctor immediately.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Won't touch it: Only powerful remedies (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) touch cancer. In fact, even a benign enlarged lymph node from a nearby infammatory process w... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francisco Medina-mejia
General Practice 41 years experience
Lymph node: Yes it can be removed. Location of the node is important for the type of procedure needed.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Cancer tends to grow: It would be very unlikely for a cancer not to grow and spread over a period of 3 years. If it was cancerous, the tumor/Nodes will increase in size in ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Polselli
Radiology 15 years experience
Yes...: Without treatment, cancer as you describe always grows. If a "nodule" has definitely and objectively not changed in size over 3 years, then for all pr... Read More

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