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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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