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Doctor insights on: Cancer In Chest Lymph Nodes

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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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Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Variable outcomes: It is not entirely clear whether your cancer is truly stage-3A (it means completely resected, no residual cancer left behind). If there is indeed some tumor left behind in the chest wall, then there is high risk of recurrence which will likely cause you problems within 6 to 12 months. This can be controlled with radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. So you should reconsider your decision. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have any chest lymph nodes, are they palpable?

How can I know if I have any chest lymph nodes, are they palpable?

Lymphadenopathy: This depends upon where the nodes are located. If they are superficial, in the axillae or the supraclavicular area they are easily palpated, but nodes in the mediastinum must be detected using imaging studies. ...Read more

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Is 11mm enlarged chest lymph nodes dangerous, what is the cause of it?

Is 11mm enlarged chest lymph nodes dangerous, what is the cause of it?

Needs follow up: It may or not be a reason for concern, but needs follow up by your doctor. Lymph nodes enlarge to help us fight off infection. A persistent lymph node larger than one cm probably needs a biopsy or at least close follow up. ...Read more

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Hello doctors. Can a biopsy of chest lymph nodes cause a collapsed lung?

Hello doctors. Can a biopsy of chest lymph nodes cause a collapsed lung?

Yes: Yes. Biopsy of certain chest lymph nodes can cause a collapsed lung. The risk is small though if procedure performed properly. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in the middle of my chest mean high chance of cancer?

Lymph nodes in the middle of my chest mean high chance of cancer?

Perhaps: Abnormal lymph nodes anywhere in the body can be related to cancer. Visit your primary care physician or a medical oncologist to find out more. You might need a ct scan or a biopsy. ...Read more

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Have a calcified left hilar lymph nodes in ct, no history of histoplasmosis etc. Negative tb. Have hemopstasys and chest pains have hashimoto. Cancer?

Have a calcified left hilar lymph nodes in ct, no history of histoplasmosis etc. Negative tb. Have hemopstasys and chest pains have hashimoto. Cancer?

Several possibilities: Hi. There are several possibilities including cancer, infections, and granulomas. What did the doctor who ordered the CT advise? Do you smoke??? One can always hope you haven't made that mistake with your life and health. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have lymph nodes over the ribs and back side of the body which swellon. Some times one of them gives pain for a hour. Is it cause for cancer?

I have lymph nodes over the ribs and back side of the body which swellon. Some times one of them gives pain for a hour. Is it cause for cancer?

Swollen lymph node: Lymphadenopathy refers to swollen/ enlargement of lymph node. It can be caused by many things like infection, inflammation, malignancy etc. It could be single, multiple, painful, painless. It is not necessarily to be cancer. Talk to your doctor and have further evaluation accordingly. ...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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What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

Potential multiple: Depends on location of primary. But --
Intra lobar, mediastinal, para tracheal, Supraclavicular, cervical ...Read more

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How much time after lung cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is death expecter?

How much time after lung cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is death expecter?

It varies: Occasionally there are still cures with disease in the nodes. With today's treatments, survival is often measured in years. Cherish each day, and be aware of the eventual outcome in your life planning, but don't expect anyone to tell you 'How long'. It's simply not predictable. ...Read more

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When people have breast cancer, is there is scarring of the lymph nodes?

When people have breast cancer, is there is scarring of the lymph nodes?

What kind of surgery: Scarring of the armpit occurs after armpit node surgery, radiation and sometimes, chemo. The sentinel lymph node operation causes much less scarring compared to the "full" or Level I&II lymph node dissection. The operations take out lymph nodes and cause some scarring of the channels that run to & from the lymph nodes. Radiation & chemo, to some extent, can cause scarring of the nodes themselves. ...Read more

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If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a very bad actor.
When metastasis to local, intra lung nodes is present, there are occasional surgical cures.
If beyond to regional nodes, some surgical, and adjuvant therapy cures occur.
Unusual to have cure with only chemo radiation in my experience. ...Read more

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What is cure rate for testicular mixed (ec + yolk) cancer stage iiia (few enlarged retroperit. Lymph nodes max 2.5 CM and two small lung nodes <6mm)?

What is cure rate for testicular mixed (ec + yolk) cancer stage iiia (few enlarged retroperit. Lymph nodes max 2.5 CM and two small lung nodes <6mm)?

Improving: Over all prognosis is pretty good due recent advances in chemotherapy used to be decimal couple of decades ago., approaching 90%. You have to speak to the oncologist, as the statistics constantly changing to better. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

What's the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

Normal vs. Abnormal: Lymph nodes are normal structures through the body used as a defense and storage site for white blood cells as a means of stopping bacteria, viruses, etc. Breast cancer is a malignancy of some of the cells in the breast tissue, abnormal growing cells. ...Read more

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How long does it take for untreated breast cancer to spread to the lymph nodes?

How long does it take for untreated breast cancer to spread to the lymph nodes?

The spread in months: Well it depends on the aggressiveness of the tumor itself since the grading of the tumor is variable. It will be counted in months and not years. In addition the size of the tumor the bigger in size it gets the more likelihood of spread to armpit lymph glands. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

Need advice on what is the the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

Lymph nodes: Are normal structures in the body involved in lymphatic drainage and body immunity. Breast cancer is a neoplasm which can spread through the body using the lymphatic channels. If it does, the cancer can cause the regional lymph nodes to be involved with cancer and enlarge. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person survive breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

For what length of time can a person survive breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

Multiple factors: When we discuss risk for spread after breast cancer surgery, we need to evaluate multiple factors including the size of the tumor, grade, hormone status (estrogen, Progesterone receptors and her-2) and possibly the clinical risk score (oncotype, mammoprint, etc). ...Read more

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My grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to 2 lymph nodes. What stage is that?

My grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to 2 lymph nodes. What stage is that?

Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It also depends on the size of the breast cancer itself. Your grandmother could have stage 2a, 2b, 3a or 3b. Depends on the size of the breast tumor as to the stage. Ask her oncologist for more accurate information. ...Read more

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What do you think, could having your breasts and lymph nodes removed eliminate your chance of breast cancer?

Not entirely: It's fairly common for women with one of the breast cancer family genes to have a prophylactic mastectomy. It reduces but does not eliminate the cancer risk. Leave the lymph nodes alone, you need them. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes under a person's armpits lead to breast cancer?

Can lymph nodes under a person's armpits lead to breast cancer?

No: Lymph nodes do not cause breast cancer. But breast cancer may spread to the lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit). If you feel enlarged nodes it is best to have medical evaluation to determine te cause of enlargement. ...Read more

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Can u still get massages if you had lymph nodes removed under arm and breast area from cancer?

Can u still get massages if you had lymph nodes removed under arm and breast area from cancer?

Yes!: In fact it's a very good thing. There's a special type of massage called "lymphdrainage" that's very good for people who've had their lymph nodes removed and have swelling. Can't hurt to start now, even if you don't have swelling. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for someone who has stage 3 breast cancer with 16/17 positive lymph nodes?

Receptors: This really depends on whether the tumor displays the estrogen, progesterone, and her-2 receptors. You can find this on your pathology report or you can ask your oncologist. The positive nodes is a worse prognosis than if 0 nodes were involved, but the prognosis can still be decent based on the receptor status that I mentioned. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person with breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

What is the life expectancy of a person with breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

Variable: There are many other factors that impact life expectancy in a person with breast cancer besides lymph node invovlement. Things like the size of the tumor, estrogen and Progesterone status and her2-neu status are necessary to help determine prognosis. ...Read more

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Ill marginated focal asymmetry and 2 lymph nodes of 1, 5 CM in left breast. Recommendation: MRI could this be cancer?

Ill marginated focal asymmetry and 2 lymph nodes of 1, 5 CM in left breast. Recommendation: MRI could this be cancer?

A focal asymmetry: Has a low probability of cancer. MRI can sometimes be useful in the management of asymmetries, particularly if the radiologist feels the asymmetry would be difficult to biopsy stereotactically because it is not well visualized, and ultrasound shows no abnormality. MRI has a very high negative predictive value, so a negative MR might obviate biopsy. A positive MR could be used for biopsy guidance ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

Not necessarily: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for breast cancer to cause bilateral axillary lymph nodes enlargement?

Is it possible for breast cancer to cause bilateral axillary lymph nodes enlargement?

Axillary adenopathy: It would be very unlikely that breast CA would cause symmetrical and bilateral lymphnode swelling. Sounds much more likely to be an infectious/viral process. ...Read more

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I had a stage 1 mic breast cancer, clear nodes, estpr positive, 5 years ago, would it have been necessary to remove 13 lymph nodes?

I had a stage 1 mic breast cancer, clear nodes, estpr positive, 5 years ago, would it have been necessary to remove 13 lymph nodes?

Times change: It is now standard to do a sentinel node biopsy first and if a pathologist finds it is negative not to go after other nodes. However it was less clear 5 years ago that this was safe, and so many surgeons at that time did full axillary node dissections when removing a breast cancer. One can't say now that that was "wrong" as it was within the standards of care then. ...Read more