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Describe the features of a blood and lymph cancer.?

Describe the features of a blood and lymph cancer.?

Symptoms: Common presenting symptoms of blood cancer (leukemia) and lymph cancer (lymphoma) are weight loss, impaired immunity with infections, abnormal bleeding, enlarging lymph glands, and anemia with attendant fatigue and weakness. There may be fevers and sweats. None of these symptoms are specific and laboratory testing must be done to rule out more benign conditions and to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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With blood and lymph cancer what else should I be concerned about?

With blood and lymph cancer what else should I be concerned about?

Infections, bleeding: Blood and lymph cancer and the treatment for the disease can downgrade the defenses of the body, especially for fighting infections. The disease and treatment also depress the bone marrow causing anemia, low platelets and bleeding etc. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has blood and lymph cancer? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has blood and lymph cancer? What do they need to know?

It is not infectious: The kids need to be reassured that they will not catch the disease from grandma. Other than that you may communicate the diagnosis according to the level of their understanding. It is a cancer, but you may wish to avoid that term and state that she has a disorder of the lymph glands. ...Read more

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Just heard a close neighbor has blood and lymph cancer. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Just heard a close neighbor has blood and lymph cancer. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Limit exposures: Cancer of the blood and lymph glands (leukemia and lymphoma) may be caused by a number of different molecular changes in the dna. Although there may not be just one "cause", we know that some contributing factors include family history of similar cancers, exposures to certain viruses, chemicals, and high radiation doses. Family should not be overly concerned and many treatments are effective. ...Read more

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about blood and lymph cancer?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about blood and lymph cancer?

None that we know of: For most people, there is not a lot that can be done to prevent "liquid cancers" - such as lymphoma and leukemia. We don't know of any dietary changes, for example, that reduce the risk of these cancers. It makes sense, though, to follow a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a normal bmi to reduce risks of cancer in general. ...Read more

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Can there be any treatment for blood cancer in children?

Can there be any treatment for blood cancer in children?

Yes: Leukemia in childhood has seen great progress in the past 3 decades moving from a commonly fatal process to one where most can survive. The coordinated and specialized treatments involve several medications and a team of specialists, usually based at a childrens hospital or medical school. Pediatric hematology/oncology programs usually take the lead in treatment. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has lymph cancer what is her prognosis?

My girlfriend has lymph cancer what is her prognosis?

Depends: There are many factors: age, site of involvement, stage, type of lymphoma, grade of lymphoma, whether she has symptoms of night sweating, fever, chills, or weight loss (b symptoms). In general, a young person with lymphoma has a better outcome than an older person with lymphoma. Maybe you can send me more information -- and I can give a better estimate. ...Read more

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I just found out a couple of days ago that my brother has lymph cancer or lymphoma?

Unclear question: All lymphomas are treatable and some may be curable. Please provide support to your brother. ...Read more

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How can I test for lymph cancer?

How can I test for lymph cancer?

Lymph nodes: Lymph is a fluid carried in channels called the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes are stations along that system. Cancers arising in the lymphatic system are either primary (blood-derived) cancers or metastatic cancer (from other places that have entered into the lymphatic system). Blood-derived cancers can be screened by blood test, but an enlarged lymph node is usually biopsied for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could I have lymph cancer? I'm 20 &my lymph is swollen under my chin. Swells real bad when I eat. Got amoxicillin for it. Still worried. Doc sd infectn

This is common: Lymph cancer (at your age, usually Hodgkin's) is far less subtle. The average young person (and I spend my time largely around med students) have 2-3 similar lymph nodes. Nodes like this are very common and mean nothing. The reason it feels larger when you eat is that your tongue pushes it closer to your skin. Forget the antibiotics and leave it alone. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a blood and lymph disorder.?

Describe the features of a blood and lymph disorder.?

A general question: Blood consists of cells and fluid (plasma). Cells are of 3 general types: white blood cells (which fight infection), red blood cells (which carry oxygen), and platelets (which initiate blood clots). Plasma and lymph carry proteins, such as antibodies. Anemia is the commonest disorder with many causes. Leukemia is a cancer of the wbcs. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph glands (nodes). ...Read more

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What are the similarities between blood and lymph?

What are the similarities between blood and lymph?

None: They are two different systems although the lymph ultimately flows into the blood circulation. ...Read more

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My friend is 15yrs old and has stage 4 kidney ca that is spread to muscle, liver, blood, and lymph nodes. No treatment, how long do you think she has?

My friend is 15yrs old and has stage 4 kidney ca that is spread to muscle, liver, blood, and lymph nodes. No treatment, how long do you think she has?

No one can guess tha: It is one of the most difficult question that we face and very difficult to answer. No one knows. We know that the cancer that goes to the liver does not let people live beyond few months.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why cancer of the blood cells or lymph nodes is hard to control?

Can you please explain why cancer of the blood cells or lymph nodes is hard to control?

Depends on the type: Of disorder. Cancer of the blood in children are often curable. Hodgkins type of cancer of lymph nodes can also be cured. Other cancers of blood and lymph nodes have variable responses. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph show up any blood work if cancer or tumor, what to do?

Swollen lymph show up any blood work if cancer or tumor, what to do?

Unclear question: It appears that you have swollen lymph node. It needs to be examined to assess if it may be due to inflammation. It may need to be removed, if cancer is suspected. Once the diagnosis is established the treatment will depend on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes swell and go down for last 3 months all blood tests normal, should I be worried about cancer? No cancer runs in my family.

Lymph nodes swell and go down for last 3 months all blood tests normal, should I be worried about cancer? No cancer runs in my family.

Concerned: Transient swelling of the lymph nodes (or lymphadenopathy) that resloves completely is not alarming. Difficult to assess what 'all blood tests normal' entails; however you should let your doctor examine you...And periodically perform surveillance to ensure that your lymphadenopathy is not the harbinger of something worse. "cancer" is so wide ranged a topic I require more details before I comment. ...Read more

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I got lymph nodes in my neck with pain. I checked my blood. But every thing good. Am afraid is it the symptom to cancer. What's the problem to me?

I got lymph nodes in my neck with pain. I checked my blood. But every thing good. Am afraid is it the symptom to cancer. What's the problem to me?

Consider a biopsy: If there are no other symptoms associated with this "lymp node" and all blood work and lab findings are negative, then I would consider a biopsy. A biopsy will tell you exactly what tiis "node" consist of and if should have any further evaluation or treatment. ...Read more

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Would an intestinal cancer that has spread to the lymph system show in a blood evaluation for lymphoma and leukemia?

Probably not: Intestinal cancer can be followed by some blood tests, but not those typically used for hematologic cancers such as lymphoma. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My son 15mnth went for ultrasound on lymph node he has for 2 months it measured about 8mm and he is having CBC blood work today could it be cancer?

My son 15mnth went for ultrasound on lymph node he has for 2 months it measured about 8mm and he is having CBC blood work today could it be cancer?

Swollen lymph node: Swollen lymph glands can be caused by many things like infection (viral, bacterial, fungi etc), inflammation, malignancy etc. Viral/bacterial upper respiratory infection would be the most common cause of swollen lymph gland- especially in toddler. 8mm is small size of lymph gland. Don't worry. ...Read more

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I got lymph nodes checked and my blood lab results came back normal and I got checked for testicular cancer was negative but my pubic areas swollen?

I got lymph nodes checked and my blood lab results came back normal and I got checked for testicular cancer was negative but my pubic areas swollen?

Discuss with your MD: You have been examined and tested y your doctor and had lab tests done which we do not know, but you say these are normal and you were checked for testicular cancer and was negative and you have swelling in pubic area
we do not have enough information to advice you. Iwill suggest you discuss with your doctors and if you do not get satisfaction get a second opinion with all the results and exam. ...Read more

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I got 67% lymphocytes in blood test. 25% neutrophiles. I got cervical lymph nodes 2~3. What does that mean?? Is it cancer I am really worried.

I got 67% lymphocytes in blood test. 25% neutrophiles. I got cervical lymph nodes 2~3. What does that mean?? Is it cancer I am really worried.

Virus infection: Absolute counts for lymphs and neuts are all that matters, rather than percentages. Almost everybody has one or more lymph nodes palpable in the neck. This is very suggestive of a minor viral illness or perhaps infectious mono. If this is Hodgkin's, it will be obvious soon enough to treat it, and this is very unlikely. Glad you are health conscious. ...Read more

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Had a swollen lymph node on the side of my neck and small one behind ear for over 4 years. Not bothersome. Not growing. Normal blood tests. Cancer?

Not to worry: One can never rule out cancer unless the lymph node is biopsied. However a lymph node that is painless and not enlarging is most likely a reactive lymph node or calcified lymph node as a result of a prior infection in the area. If the lymph node enlarges or becomes painful I would advise you to have it examined by a physician. ...Read more

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Went to diet dr. Blood work 13 WBC with normal percentages. Absolute neutrophils 9. Absolute lymph 3.6 are these numbers signs of cancer? Pcp said no

Went to diet dr. Blood work 13 WBC with normal percentages. Absolute neutrophils 9. Absolute lymph 3.6 are these numbers signs of cancer? Pcp said no

Agree with PCO: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your blood count does not suggest cancer at all. If you have fever, recheck with your PCP, not diet dr. ...Read more

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I'm 17 I have had swollen lymph nodes maybe 3 months my blood tests was normal and my doctor said thEy are just swollen. Canit still be cancer? I'm scared

Monitor the nodes: Examine you nodes once a month, not more often. If the size and/or the number of enlarged has not doubled, do not worry. It is unlikely that you have cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Possible: Hi ASandler,
Typically, cancer spreads through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread) or the lymphatics as you stated. However, direct invasion is also possible. ...Read more

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Could a lymph node behind ear be cancerous have no infection feeling fine had a blood test and I have high prolactin if I ha cancer would it come up?

Could a lymph node behind ear be cancerous have no infection feeling fine had a blood test and I have high prolactin if I ha cancer would it come up?

Could be dermatitis: First of all, how do you know this is a lymph node rather than a fibroma, lipoma, sebaceous cyst, other type of cyst? If the mass is directly behind the ear on the mastoid process and it is a lymph node, it could represent an inflammatory reaction to dermatitis of the scalp. An isolated mass behind the ear is rarely malignant. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Diede
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Cancer In Children (Definition)

Children usually do not get the kinds of cancer that are common in older adults (lung, breast, colon), but there are certain kinds of cancer that are common in young children, including leukemias, ...Read more