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A 29-year-old female asked:

Does colon cancer spread to neck if lymph nodes are negative?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
It could: Cancer can spread through the bloodstream to most any part of the body bypassing the lymphatic system, so the answer is yes, in theory it is possible. That said, colon cancer loves the liver and it would be uncommon to go to the neck (i'm assuming you mean neck nodes) only.
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Highly variable: Each person is different and there is no set time or schedule where colon cancer may or may not spread to lymph nodes or to other organs. Some small colon cancers will spread early and other cancers will grow large and not spread.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unknown: Highly variable from one person to the next. It likely depends on the cell type and cancer dna that can vary between each person. Some cancer types are more likely to spread than others.

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