A 25-year-old female asked:
Neck mass ct done told don't know wht it is no needle biopsy but surgery needs to come out malignant unknown cancer not ruled out. is this bad.
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Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 47 years experience
Follow-up needed: A neck mass at your age is usually an enlarged lymph node. These can enlarge for many reasons, but if the mass has not reduced in size (as it would during a resolving infection), it should be biopsied. Needle biopsy sometimes does not yield a diagnosis and then a formal node biopsy should be done. Also, your doctor may want to do a scan to determine if other lymph nodes are enlarged.
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Last updated May 30, 2014
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