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How to differentiate between cancerous and benign lymph node?

How to differentiate between cancerous and benign lymph node?

Sometimes a biopsy: Cancerous is hard feeling while benignis soft or firm. But saying that there are other things can cause enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How do you treat a benign lymph node in your breast?

How do you treat a benign lymph node in your breast?

Watch it: Intramammary lymph nodes are common. They are usually not felt but can occasionally be seen on mammograms. Next, a breast ultrasound should be done. If it has benign characteristics, it can be watched. ...Read more

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Hello Docs, had US, pls what does this mean, Conclusion: Bilateral benign cystic masses (Bi-RADS Assessment Category 2)n left benign lymph node

Benign: This looks like a good report. Birads 2 is standard for a good result and repeat mammo and us in 1 year. Benign cystic masses are non cancerous growths - cysts - that just need routine periodic evaluation with yearly mammo and us. Looks good! Good luck! ...Read more

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If a benign lymph node in a breast keeps getting bigger every few years, is that a serious issue? It is freakin me out!

If a benign lymph node in a breast keeps getting bigger every few years, is that a serious issue? It is freakin me out!

Need more info: How do you know the node is benign? How large is the node? Where is it located around the breast? Its not typical for a lymph node to continue to enlarge over years for no reason. Again more info would allow much more informed guidance. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound done of small lump on neck. It said benign lymph node. Should I still have it biopsy?

Had ultrasound done of small lump on neck. It said benign lymph node. Should I still have it biopsy?

These are usually: Benign and reactive to some inflammation in the neck or throat. Ultrasound which shows benign features of the lymph node is reassuring. Consult your doctor but these nodes are usually safe to "wait and watch". ...Read more

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Had breast stereostatic biopsy done my results came bck benign lymph node what is dis and was wondering if this puts me at risk for cancer?

Had breast stereostatic biopsy done my results came bck benign lymph node what is dis and was wondering if this puts me at risk for cancer?

Lymph nodes: Can normally occur within the Breast. If they can't be definitely identified as lymph nodes on imaging, or if they do not appear completely normal, needle biopsy may be necessary. If they turn out benign, no worries, there is no increased risk for cancer and nothing further needs to be done. ...Read more

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Could mold exposure or a benign lymph node enlargement cause dizzy spells. Is dizziness a cause for concern?

Could mold exposure or a benign lymph node enlargement cause dizzy spells. Is dizziness a cause for concern?

Dizziness: Dizziness is a symptom experienced by many people and caused by many things. Mold exposure may cause dizziness, but it more often causes respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, trouble breathing, or an itchy throat. Lymph node enlargement is not normally associated with dizziness, except under exceptional circumstances. What makes the dizziness better or worse? That would help us. ...Read more

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If my CT scan report of a swollen cervical node states it seems to be a reactive benign lymph node, do I still need a biopsy?

If my CT scan report of a swollen cervical node states it seems to be a reactive benign lymph node, do I still need a biopsy?

It depends: It dpends on the size of the lymph node and if it is growing in size.. If the node is less than 1-1.5cm, one could observe it and delay doing a biopsy. If the lymph node is bigger in size or it is increasing in size, then a biopsy is desirable to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I found a lump near my ear. Ultrasound result back as 12mm benign lymph node and fatty replaced nodes in perotid gland. What could this be?

I found a lump near my ear. Ultrasound result back as 12mm benign lymph node and fatty replaced nodes in perotid gland. What could this be?

Reactive lymphadenop: Odds are they are normal nodes. 12 mm is likely the largest dimension. What is the short axis "smallest" dimension. If 5 mm or less very likely reactive meaning they are fighting inflammation/infection. ...Read more

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Had breast MRI, family history. A lump they think its benign lymph node. Right away they want to do a mammogram. Why would they do it if its that?

Had breast MRI, family history. A lump they think its benign lymph node. Right away they want to do a mammogram. Why would they do it if its that?

Mam may prove it: An MRI cannot always tell a lymph node from a tumor, including cancer. A lymph node and some tumors light up intensely after contrast is injected. But a lymph node on a mammogram may have the classic appearance of a lymph node and if it is in the same place in the breast as the "lump" seen on the MRI the answer will be clear. Note: if you have a prior mammogram have them compare with this one! ...Read more

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Mammogram results-intramammographic benign lymph nodes. Huge family history of breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer. Should I be worried and pursue this?

Mammogram results-intramammographic benign lymph nodes. Huge family history of breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer. Should I be worried and pursue this?

BRCA: If you have a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer you should ask for BRCA genetic testing. This tests your genetic risk for developing these cancers. There are several companies that do this test and individualized treatment plans can be created. Cervical cancer is not related to family history but rather exposure to the sexually transmitted HPV virus. ...Read more

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A week ago I had a stereotactic biopsy on my breast the results turned out to be a benign lymph node. Since then I have formed a large golf ball sized lump at the site. Is this dangerous? Go to er?

A week ago I had a stereotactic biopsy on my breast the results turned out to be a benign lymph node. Since then I have formed a large golf ball sized lump at the site. Is this dangerous? Go to er?

Likely OK: Most likely you have developed a collection of blood (hematoma) at the site of biopsy. This is common after a stereotactic biopsy and should slowly resolve over the next few weeks. There is nothing in particular to do. It may be tender for a while but this should resolve with time as well. However, if you have any new or worsening symptoms at any point, consult your physician. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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What are benign swollen lymph nodes in lower colon?

What are benign swollen lymph nodes in lower colon?

Colon nodes: It depends on the way these were diagnosed. Benign indicated that a biopsy was done and reviewed under the microscope. If the diagnosis was made on CT, it may have just been "mesenteric adenitis " a relatively incidental finding. ...Read more

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Ultrasound finds benign axillary lymph nodes with intact hilum bilateraly, largest 1.3cm on right 0.8 cm on left, one 5mm fibroidenoma in both breasts.

Ultrasound finds benign axillary lymph nodes with intact hilum bilateraly, largest 1.3cm on right 0.8 cm on left, one 5mm fibroidenoma in both breasts.

Not exactly sure: What the question is, but the axillary lymph nodes sound like they are normal. Ultrasound cannot specifically diagnose a fibroadenoma, but probably benign nodules that likely are fibroadenomas are usually followed up at 6 month intervals for 2 or 3 years to assess stability. ...Read more

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I just had a breast MRI and the results were: left breast 2-5mm benign intraparenchymal lymph nodes. What does this mean?

I just had a breast MRI and the results were: left breast 2-5mm benign intraparenchymal lymph nodes. What does this mean?

No worries.: Lymph nodes are present throughout the breast, especially near the armpit. An MRI is a very sensitive test for evaluating breast abnormalities, including lymph nodes in the breast and armpit. The fact that they look benign would favor no further testing. ...Read more

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Totally thyroidectomy 2012 2013 u/s showed nothing 2015 us showed 6mm? Residual thyroid or benign appearing lymph node. I think dr left tiny piece in

Totally thyroidectomy 2012 2013 u/s showed nothing 2015 us showed 6mm? Residual thyroid or benign appearing lymph node. I think dr left tiny piece in

Total thyroidectomy: A surgeon doing a total thyroidectomy will always leave a small amount of tissue in order to avoid causing compications of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury or hypoparathyroidism. If thyroid cancer was found during surgery, one can get radioactive iodine to ablate the residual tissue. Finding a 6 mm nodule on ultrasound does not necessarily mean that there is recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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My MRI read benign shotty lymph node nodules in both right and left groin, what does this mean?

My MRI read benign shotty lymph node nodules in both right and left groin, what does this mean?

Don't Worry: Shotty lymph nodes mean slightly enlarged lymph nodes that have responded to a source of infection below the level of the nodes, usually in the legs. If they are tender, it means there is an active infection going on, which you should look for and treat. If you feel the lumps and they are not tender, it means that the infection has likely cleared up. It is not a source of worry. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a lymph node is benign? "benign reactive lymph nodes are present in the supraclavicular region" my ultrasound report said. How can they know its not malignant?

How can you tell if a lymph node is benign? "benign reactive lymph nodes are present in the supraclavicular region" my ultrasound report said. How can they know its not malignant?

Ultrasound: While you are right that in an absolute sense they can't say with 100% certainty that the lymph nodes are benign, there are characteristics that favor benign vs malignant. These include the size and contour of the lymph nodes as well as surrounding swelling around the nodes. If they did doppler as well, this can also help distinguish. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy was NOT cancer. 3 years later ultra sound now says 6mm hypoechoic nodule may be residual thyroid vs benign appearing lymph node.

Total thyroidectomy was NOT cancer. 3 years later ultra sound now says 6mm hypoechoic nodule may be residual thyroid vs benign appearing lymph node.

First Unusual: Total thyroidectomy for non malignant condition, need biopsy report to give accurate answer with outguessing If some with malignant disease, total is done, this nodule needs image guided FNA biopsy (fine needle aspiration) Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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