A 24-year-old male asked:
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what would a lymph node feel like if it was swollen from lymphoma or other cancers. have movable node in arm pit that is about a half inch?

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Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Monitoring Centers: 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" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.
Answered on May 17, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Not worrisome: A worrisome-for-lymphoma node is obviously abnormal. It's either hard-rubbery, fixed to the surrounding tissue, or very large.
Answered on Mar 27, 2015

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