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ANA 1:640 nucleolar (lab range 1:160 borderline, 1:320 positive). No symptoms, all tests ok (capillaroscopy, blood, chest x-ray, abdominal & lymph node ultrasound) Family history (Mother MCTD, her cousin SLE). Drs say my ANA's familial. I fear cancer?

ANA 1:640 nucleolar (lab range 1:160 borderline, 1:320 positive). No symptoms, all tests ok (capillaroscopy, blood, chest x-ray, abdominal & lymph node ultrasound) Family history (Mother MCTD, her cousin SLE). Drs say my ANA's familial. I fear cancer?

Observation: The positive ANA suggests that you are at a higher risk in developing an autoimmune disorder but is not diagnostic of any disease by itself. Thus you need to inform your doctor of this finding should you develop joint, thyroid, skin, intestinal , etc symptoms. Your risk for cancer is not higher because of the elevated ANA. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What should I know about lymph node cancer?

What should I know about lymph node cancer?

Lymphoma: Lymphoma is a type of cancer that occurs when white blood cells (lymphocytes) behave irregularly. Abnorma lymphocytes may divide more frequently and can form "nodules". Lymphoma may develop in many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, bone marrow, spleen, other organs. Lymphoma is divided into two main types - hodgkin's and non hodgkin's and several subtypes. Cancer.Gov for more info. ...Read more

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Is a necrotic groin lymph node cancer?

Is a necrotic groin lymph node cancer?

Maybe not: A necrotic lymph node can be a product of a nearby infection. However, a thorough pathology exam should be done of the node(s) to be certain there are no cancer cell present. ...Read more

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How can I be sure that I have breast / lymph node cancer?

How can I be sure that I have breast / lymph node cancer?

Ask questions: If you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, the most reliable way to evaluate the lymph nodes is with a biopsy or sentinel lymph node biopsy. If this has already been accomplished in your care, one can always get a second opinion regarding the pathology result. Done be afraid to ask questions! ...Read more

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What to do if lung cancer is spreading to opposite side lymph node?

What to do if lung cancer is spreading to opposite side lymph node?

Unpleasant: None are good! best is locale with only surgical removal. Once spreading it is a bigger problem. To a distant site or opposite lymph nodes has a decreasing prognosis even with best therapy. ...Read more

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Why do I need 2 biopsies of inguinal lymph node if no cancer is found?

Why do I need 2 biopsies of inguinal lymph node if no cancer is found?

Your doc knows best.: Sometimes a single biopsy is not conclusive. In medicine we must be sure of the diagnosis. That may require an additional sample. ...Read more

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What is the chances of surviving for lymph node cancer patient at stage 4 to undergo chemo? Will chemo helps? Is the surviver chance high?

What is the chances of surviving for lymph node cancer patient at stage 4 to undergo chemo? Will chemo helps? Is the surviver chance high?

See below: This depends on what type of lymphoma you have. Chemo should clearly prolong your life, and hopefully put you in remission and possibly cure you but it depends on what type of lymphoma you were diagnosed as having. ...Read more

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Pea sized node in armpit. 2nd time I've seen it in last 2 months. Goes away on its own in 1-2 weeks. Painful upon palpation. Lymph node? Cancer??

Pea sized node in armpit.  2nd time I've seen it in last 2 months.  Goes away on its own in 1-2 weeks.  Painful upon palpation.  Lymph node?  Cancer??

Probably OK: If it goes away predictably in that time frame, it's probably a normal, i.e. reactive lymph node. If it ever persists beyond one month, you should just have it removed for formal diagnosis. ...Read more

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