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Can cancer be in the soft tissue of a lymph gland?

Can cancer be in the soft tissue of a lymph gland?

Yes...: Often the first sign of cancer spreading is to the local lymphnode... When a woman having clinical breast exam, her underam is also examined to make sure no lymphnode etc...Once cancer is diagnosed or suspected, the lymphnodes are biopsied/resected to see if cancer is in there. The nodes are basically filters and when cancer cells pass thru, they are trapped there. Consult your doc.. Good luck.. ...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 is a soft tissue mass in the thyroid?

What is a soft tissue mass in the thyroid?

Growth in thyroid : Usually benign, not cancer if small can be monitored over time with palpation, throid ultrasound if larger or grows over time, fine needle biopsy often recommended follow-up with endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Cancer cells in a lymph node in the neck, how serious can it be?

Cancer cells in a lymph node in the neck, how serious can it be?

Depends on origin: Thyroid cancer to neck nodes is not as worrisome as cancer from other sites. Lymphomas are more treatable. Head and neck cancers to neck nodes still have a cure possibility. Overall anything besides lymphoma or thyroid it is not a good finding when cancer goes to lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can a tender mass near the liver be caused by liver cancer or a small tumor?

Can a tender mass near the liver be caused by liver cancer or a small tumor?

Possibly: Most cancers do not cause pain. It really has to be pretty big to have symptoms. U have to see a physician to review history, symptoms, exam, x-rays, ct etc before the determination can be made. If u feel a mass, call ur doctor to be seen in person. ...Read more

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Can a tyhroid cartilage in the throat be cancerous

Can a tyhroid cartilage in the throat be cancerous

The thyroid: Cartilage compises the "adam's apple" and shields the voice box. The thyroid is on the outside and a small channel connect the right and left lobe. If cancer is involved, it is usually from the inside out with glottic and supraglottic cancers invading, conveying a poorer prognosis. ...Read more

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If a lymph node in biceps has some cancer cells but the one in the armpit doesn't, is the tumor only in the lymphatic system or it could have spread?

If a lymph node in biceps has some cancer cells but the one in the armpit doesn't, is the tumor only in the lymphatic system or it could have spread?

Unclear question: If a tumor is in a lymph node (there are no lymphodes in the biceps) it has already spread. Where is the primary cancer and what kind of cancer? ...Read more

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Is a soft tissue tumor and a soft tissue calcifaction the same thing?

Is a soft tissue tumor and a soft tissue calcifaction the same thing?

Not exactly: A tumor can have calcification or not. You can get calcification in soft tissue without a tumor also, depends on the context. ...Read more

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In general how large would the lymph node swelling be in cases of hodgkin's disease. I've heard it can be as little as an inch on nodes of neck?

In general how large would the lymph node swelling be in cases of hodgkin's disease. I've heard it can be as little as an inch on nodes of neck?

Any size: Hodgkin's disease can cause lymph node enlargement of any size. I have seen conglomerations of lymph nodes fill over half of the chest, and I have seen tiny lymph nodes (the size of a pea.). ...Read more

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How could a cancerous condition in the body be related to the development of severe reduction in bone mass?

How could a cancerous condition in the body be related to the development of severe reduction in bone mass?

Steroids: Some tumors produce acth like chemical that increases production of corticostoids and the later cause bone loss. Other facots may be cancer related cachexia, inadequte intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes in the breast get swollen due to trauma to the breast (tissue)?

Can lymph nodes in the breast get swollen due to trauma to the breast (tissue)?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Will a soft tissue CT scan of neck show a tumor in the tonsil? If cancer, would the tonsil get larger pretty quick? No swollen nodes.

Will a soft tissue CT scan of neck show a tumor in the tonsil? If cancer, would the tonsil get larger pretty quick? No swollen nodes.

Possibly: Why exactly did you get a ct scan? Most of the time a ct scan of the neck can identify a tumor or swelling. However, this depends on what type of scan was performed. A swollen tonsil may represent many things such as infection or cancer. Cancer generally grows slowly over a period of months/years. ...Read more

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Can a lump that is shrinking in size be cancer?

Can a lump that is shrinking in size be cancer?

Shrinking lump: A lump that is shrinking, is certainly less likely to be cancer than one that is growing. However, occasionally a cancer will shrink, if something has caused part of the growth to die. In trying to determine whether a "lump" might be cancer, such as location, consistency, mobility to mention just a few. The only way to determine whether this is a cancer is to have your doctor examine it. ...Read more

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Does the surgical removal of a cancerous tumor necessarily result in cancer cells to be spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream?

Does the surgical removal of a cancerous tumor necessarily result in cancer cells to be spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream?

Cancer treatment: No. If the neoplasm is thought to be limited and amenable to excision or complete removal, then it is the treatment of choice. Adjuvant chemo and/or radiation are used to kill residual microscopic local or distant metastatic disease. It is not a good idea to just debulk the malignancy. The goal is to excise or remove entirely all gross disease. What "spills" in blood stream is insignificant. ...Read more

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Can excessive lymph node swelling in an unrelated area be a sign of cancer elsewhere , or would this only present at a very advanced stage?

Can excessive lymph node swelling in an unrelated area be a sign of cancer elsewhere  , or would this only present at a very advanced stage?

Lymph Node Swelling: At your age, the most likely causes are a viral illness like mononucleosis or some other inflammatory or infectious process, not cancer. You didn't say where the swollen nodes were and where the other area affected was. These details could help narrow the focus. ...Read more

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Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer, are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be painful or pain-free?

Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer, are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be painful or pain-free?

Pain due to infectio: Painful lymph nodes are usually inflammatory or infectious. Cancer lymph nodes usually don't hurt unless they are very large. ...Read more

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What lymph nodes would swell and b affected if u have a tumor in the posterior part of the hard palate?

What lymph nodes would swell and b affected if u have a tumor in the posterior part of the hard palate?

Neck: Deep cervical node in you neck. What makes you think you have a tumor. There are any causes for pain, swelling, raised bumps that are not cancer.Please see an oral surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Can an area of dense breast tissue just appear within a year of a mammogram and can the area disappear?

Can an area of dense breast tissue just appear within a year of a mammogram and can the area disappear?

Yes: Dense breast tissue can come and go depending on when the mammogram was performed as it relates to your menstrual cycle. Changes in weight can also effect breast density as well as the technical issue of how much the breast was compressed (squeezed) when the mammogram was performed. Lots of variables. ...Read more

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What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

Infiltrating duct: All carcinomas of the breast will eventually metastasize or spread to the axilla. Intraductal lesions in the process of converting are within the duct system, non palpable and wont spread until they become invasive. Swelling occurs when the tumor enlarges but not to the extent seen with inflammatory Ca where the swelling is within the subcutaneous lymphatic system only. ...Read more

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Can infected lymph nodes in the neck cause cysts and nodules in the same area of the neck worried about lymphoma?

Can infected lymph nodes in the neck cause cysts and nodules in the same area of the neck worried about lymphoma?

Yes: Any inflammatory response in an area of the body can cause swelling of lymph nodes which can be palpable as nodularities. If they persist for weeks or continue to enlarge over a similar time period, u will need to have these checked out by your md. Most of the time a cut shaving or a sore or abrasion in your scalp or dave or in your mouth can lead to swollen nodes/glands. ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more