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Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

It depends.: Sometimes these, and other nodes are palpable because of infection. Sometimes cancer can do it. Rock hard nodes would more likely mean cancer, while soft, painful ones would point to infection. ...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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Is it possible to have several palpable bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes and not be related to cancer?

Is it possible to have several palpable bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes and not be related to cancer?

Yes. There are: Indeed many causes of benign, or at least not malignant nodes. Sarcoid is a common one, but drug reactions, infections, tb, HIV are some of a long list of others. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Can  esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Sadly yes: Esophagus is a muscular tube that can stretch, so often no symptoms until it can't . Also has no outer membrane surrounding it so easier to spread outside the organ itself. ...Read more

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Confused - in a healthy young adult, are pea-sized neck and supraclavicular lymph nodes for months normal or should they not be palable?

Confused - in a healthy young adult, are pea-sized neck and supraclavicular lymph nodes for months normal or should they not be palable?

Should be ok: Especially if you are thin, nodes less than 1 cm are usually nothing to worry about. If they persist or grow, would recommend an evaluation. This could involve imaging. Some people get biopsies. ...Read more

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I was wondering are most swollen bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes a sign of cancer?

No: Most often, they're normal nodes, there to guard your health. Report any suspicious masses that stay around for two weeks or longer to your physician. ...Read more

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Is it abnormal to have R and L supraclavicular lymph nodes that are 0.5 CM and moveable?

Is it abnormal to have R and L supraclavicular lymph nodes that are 0.5 CM and moveable?

No: Since 2.2 cm measures one inch a 1/2 cm. lymph node is smaller than 1/4 inch. Several such nodes can be normally found without underlying pathology. If they progress in number, become painful or definitely enlarge to the 1 cm. size I would consider biopsy. ...Read more

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Can bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes 0.5cm each be caused from Lyme disease? Moveable and rubbery.

Can bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes 0.5cm each be caused from Lyme disease? Moveable and rubbery.

Normal size: As far as size your lymph nodes ,they seem to be normal. If there is a history of a tick bite and a local rash see your PCP for further tests and possible treatment. In other words I do not see a connection in between Lyme and 2 symmetric lymph nodes. The history is critical in diagnosing Lyme disease. ...Read more

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Do cancerous and noncancerous supraclavicular lymph nodes have different hardness or texture?

Do cancerous and noncancerous supraclavicular lymph nodes have different hardness or texture?

Cancer - harder: Generally nodes with cancer are harder, however, it is not a finding to hang one's hat on. Definitive diagnosis needs removal of the tissue and examination by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Would supraclavicular lymph nodes be more than 1 inch above the collarbone? What does "just above" mean?

Would supraclavicular lymph nodes be more than 1 inch above the collarbone? What does "just above" mean?

Lymph nodes: supraclavicular refers to the area immediately above the collarbone and the base of the neck ...Read more