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Can thymoma spread via the lymph nodes?

Can thymoma spread via the lymph nodes?

Very unlikely: Thymomas rarely spread via lymph nodes. Most often they spread by direct extention into other organs or by "drop" metastasis into the pleural or pericardial cavities. ...Read more

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Can having a thymoma also have enlarged lymph nodes nearby?

Can having a thymoma also have enlarged lymph nodes nearby?

Enlarged lymph node: Where is the enlarged lymph node? Any unusually enlarged lymph node, if not from infection/inflammation, should be evaluated. Thymoma is a benign tumor, usually do not cause lymphadenopathy. Thymic carcinoma, however, is a cancer and can spread to local lymph node in advanced stage. Hope helps. ...Read more

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1.5 to 1.9cm, 2 lymph nodes neat suspected thymoma in ant mediastinum. Pet suv was 3.8 for thymoma and 4.7 for 1.9 node. Could it it by lymphoma?

1.5 to 1.9cm, 2 lymph nodes neat suspected thymoma in ant mediastinum. Pet suv was 3.8 for thymoma and 4.7 for 1.9 node. Could it it by lymphoma?

Hard to tell, Biopsy: Only a biopsy can tell the cause of these abnormalities. Unless you have some symptoms from these lesions in the mediastinum, i would be inclined to wait before jumping right now into this area for a biopsy. An interval repeat study pet or ct scan in 2 months would be my preference. Why were all these tests done? Do you have any pain or fever? What is your doctor's recommendation for further step. ...Read more

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2 enlarged lymph nodes in the ant mediastinum, pet suv of abt 4.7, suspected thymoma nearby. Can this be lymphoma?

2 enlarged lymph nodes in the ant mediastinum, pet suv of abt 4.7, suspected thymoma nearby. Can this be lymphoma?

Depends on the size: You need to tell us what the ct scan shows in the mediastinum? Are the lymph nodes enlarged? What is their size? You need a follow up ct/pet scan in a couple of months, unless your lymph nodes are larger than 2cm size. Tell us more details. ...Read more

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Have a 3cm ant mediastinum mass and 2 enlarged lymph nodes. Can docs tell if it's lymphoma or thymoma? Weight loss and bad cough as well.

Have a 3cm ant mediastinum mass and 2 enlarged lymph nodes. Can docs tell if it's lymphoma or thymoma? Weight loss and bad cough as well.

Medistinal mass: No, doc can not give you histology diagnosis without a biopsy. Given your symptomatic medistinal mass, enlarged lymph nodes, and weight loss, you should see your doc to arrange a biopsy. ...Read more

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What stage can thymoma be if it is 3cm, peak 3.8 suv on pet scan? Near by lymph node about 0.7-1cm. No invasion of pluera or pericardial.

Need Surgery: It is good that there is no clear evidence of spread of the thymoma on the pet scan, but final staging in thymoma is really based on what is found during the operation. The scans, however, strongly suggest this is an early-stage thymoma. ...Read more

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3cm thymoma detected. Pet suv peak 3.8 with nearby lymph node 0.7-1cm. Results inconclusive. Is a biopsy dangerous to do. Is cancer spillage possible?

3cm thymoma detected. Pet suv peak 3.8 with nearby lymph node 0.7-1cm. Results inconclusive. Is a biopsy dangerous to do. Is cancer spillage possible?

Need correct: Diagnosis for correct treatment , every procedure has risks , but out weigh its benefits , thoracic surgeons routinely do these procedures like your situation , discuss with your surgeon ...Read more

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During vats surgery of thymoma with enlarged lymph node nearby, can surgeon tell if it's lymphoma and stop surgery or cut out node as well?

During vats surgery of thymoma with enlarged lymph node nearby, can surgeon tell if it's lymphoma and stop surgery or cut out node as well?

Lymphoma: Surgeon usually would not be able to tell if it is lymphoma just from the apperance of the enlarged lymph node. It will require a biopsy and diagnosed by a pathologist through microscopic exmination, flow cytometry, and immunohistochemistry study. ...Read more

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Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Yes!: Melanoma has about 50% probability of cure as long as it has only spread to the regional lymph nodes. The number of nodes affected by tumor will determine the risk of relapse and the odds of achieving cure . ...Read more

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Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

Absolutely!: Lymph node (ln) involvement implies the presence of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body. Therefore, the chance for cure is dependent on one's ability to kill these cancer cells thru a combination of chemotherapy & one's immune system. Fortunately, we have many effective drugs to rx breast ca, leading to improved cure rates as compared to even a decade ago. Ln involvement is not a death sentence. ...Read more

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So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

They can: If enough tumor gets involved, they can get hard. However, small metastases may not be detected except by biopsy. Cancer diagnosis and treatment will involve biopsy, blood draw and imaging studies. ...Read more

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Hi I have sarcoidosis in my lungs and lymph nodes how common is it to spread and can I get any other illnesses from having sarcoidosis?

Hi I have sarcoidosis in my lungs and lymph nodes how common is it to spread  and can I get any other illnesses from having sarcoidosis?

Get an eye exam: Sarcoidosis can produce an inflammation in the eyes called iritis or anterior uveitis. Signs of it would be found on an eye exam. As long as the sarcoidosis is active you need yearly eye exams. If one or both of your eyes gets red and painful with blurred vision see an ophthalmologist immediately. ...Read more

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2 years ago my father had a SCC removed from his face. We have now learned it has spread to lymph nodes. I can't find any information. Prognosis?

2 years ago my father had a SCC removed from his face.  We have now learned it has spread to lymph nodes.  I can't find any information.  Prognosis?

Ask his oncologist: ONce a SCC becomes invasive, it can be difficult to control but his oncologist would be the logical person to give an opinion. ...Read more

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Pet scan results were fine so why do they want me to have a bronchial scope done ?Wouldn't the scan have shown any spread to the lymph nodes already ?

Pet scan results were fine so why do they want me to have a bronchial scope done ?Wouldn't the scan have shown any spread to the lymph nodes already ?

Not necessarily : Pet scans can prevent lymph node biopsies when they are positive, but when staging disease a negative "scan" does not exclude metastasis ( particularly if lung cancer metastasis is the question). ...Read more

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What's the prognosis of testicular cancer that did spread to the lymph nodes?

What's the prognosis of testicular cancer that did spread to the lymph nodes?

Still quite good: If this is currently being managed..Ie surgery, chemotherapy, then it is still a good prognosis. Remember that lance arstrong had cancer that spread to his brain and other organs and of course has no current evidence of this. ...Read more

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To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

Local and distant: The most common spread is to local nodes around the esophagus. But the spread, or metastasis can be more distant such as to nodes around the celiac plexus, the region where the blood supply to the stomach arises below the diaphragm. But distant metastasis can be to nodes in the neck, particularly associated with the lymphatic chain that drains into the subclavian vein on left behind clavicle ...Read more

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