A 18-year-old member asked:
if a lymph node is very soft and very moveable but 2.5 cm and never grows is it cancerous?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Infections: The fact there is a positive respose to antibiotics certainly entertains the possiblity of chronic infections but any adenopathy not resolving and on both sides of body as well as upper and lower body needs an evaluation with a complete inectious workup, lymphoma workup and probable biopsy . There are many condition both serious and benign that could be the cause please seek medical evaluation.
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Possibly: It is difficult to know for sure. There are many reasons a lymph node can enlarge such as infection, inflammation and also cancer. Not all cancerous lymph nodes are hard and some diseases like low grade lymphomas can stay at the same size for a long time. You shoud see a doctor to have it examined.
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Biopsy needed: You will never know. Lymph node enlargement can be caused by infection vs inflammation vs cancer. It is possibly benign however, the only and the best way to find out whether it is benign or cancerous is by having a biopsy done on the affected lymph node. A biopsy should probably be done/considered to be done to any lymph node bigger than 2 CM to really rule out malignancy.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Are people with lupus more likely to develop cancer?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: Lupus is not associated with cancer. It is autoimmune disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:
How is cancer diagnosed?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Either by some symptom (something unusual you feel or notice about yourself - i.e. Pain) or sign (something your doctor notices during an evaluation - i.e. Tenderness on exam) or through a screening test. We currently have approved screeing tests for cervical, breast, colon/rectal, and prostate cancers.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Which types of tumors are cancerous?
7 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Malignant: By definition, malignant tumors are cancerous. A tumor is just an abnormal swelling - many times it is benign (no serious, imminent concern). But if it is found to contain cancerous cells, it is then malignant.
A 23-year-old member asked:
How do I know the stage of my cancer?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Ask your Dr: The easiest and most reliable way is to ask your doctor for your stage.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me if this type of cancer is avoidable by not smoking or drinking?
5 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Several: Lung cancer. Oropharyngeal cancer. Even cervical cancer is increased in smokers. But not smoking or drinking is not protective. This just reduces your risk.
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