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I have this pain sensation in my armpit. Could it be cancer I've heard there are these lymph nodes in that area?

I have this pain sensation in my armpit. Could it be cancer I've heard there are these lymph nodes in that area?

Cancer unlikely: You likely have skeletal or muscular pain. Could also have pain due to a swollen lymph node. This is usually associated with an infection but rarely could be associated with disease such as lymphoma. Chances are that your condition is benign. ...Read more

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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Are small palpable lymph nodes in the armpit area almost always related to cancer? I have one that seems pea sized and easily moveable.

Are small palpable lymph nodes in the armpit area almost always related to cancer? I have one that seems pea sized and easily moveable.

No: But any suspicious lymph node enlargement lasting more than a month should be checked by a doctor. Infection including viral ones is often associated with small lymph node enlargement. ...Read more

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Posible for lymph nodes to be felt even when they're NOT enlarged/cancer? I feel some in armpit, doc felt 1, its about 0.7cm he's not concerned. Lymphoma?

No worries: Lymph nodes are a normal part of your body and are usually a half inch or less. Painful and/or enlarged nodes should be examined by a physician or experienced health care professional. ...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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My dad has stage 3 melamoma cancer they removed the area infected and took out the infected lymph nodes under his armpit. Why are they givign him chemo?

My dad has stage 3 melamoma cancer they removed the area infected and took out the infected lymph nodes under his armpit. Why are they givign him chemo?

To cure him!: Melanoma is a very aggressive cancer, sadly. Cancer cells leave the main cancer early and travel through the bloodstream. Even though your dad's cancer was removed surgically, those traveling cells must be killed. The only way to do this is with chemotherapy, which gets into every part of the body. His doc is trying to keep his melanoma from coming back! It's hard but it's what he needs. ...Read more

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Been to dr at least 6 times for swollon lymph nodes in neck and groin. All say they are "shotty nodes". Now I found another node in my armpit. Cancer?

Been to dr at least 6 times for swollon lymph nodes in neck and groin. All say they are "shotty nodes". Now I found another node in my armpit. Cancer?

Why so many times?: If you had cancer in your lymph glands, they would have continued to enlarge, leading your doctor to do a biopsy. Unless the lymph nodes are growing and become bigger than 1.5 to 2cm (one inch), it is hard to think of them as cancerous (normal nodes can be palpable as you have felt them yourself). Please quit feeling for them as it only makes you more nervous and anxious. Get checked 1-2 times/yr. ...Read more

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No sign cancer in breast, spread to 2 lymph nodes prominent lymph nodes about 3 inches below armpit, no primary tumour. What is survival rate?

No sign cancer in breast, spread to 2 lymph nodes prominent lymph nodes about 3 inches below armpit, no primary tumour. What is survival rate?

Same as breast mass: Survival rate of breast cancer metastatic to axillary lymph nodes, but without evident primary tumor is the same as that when a primary tumor is evident. It depends on hormone receptor status, HER2status, age and overall health of patient. Also—since some women are cured of this disease and others aren't—it depends on factors of which medical science is now ignorant. ...Read more

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My mother sufered from cancer 6years ago and since they removed a lot of lymph nodes she had been sufferring from pain in her arm so what's the solution?

My mother sufered from cancer 6years ago and since they removed a lot of lymph nodes she had been sufferring from pain in her arm so what's the solution?

Pt and meds: That can be a challenging problem. Sometimes massage therapy and evaluation for lymphedema can be useful. Occasionally pain meds or anti inflammatory meds can help. ...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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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?

Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes in left check neck and arm. 8mm and Dr's won't biopsy. Seen ENT GP AND CANCER. WHAT COULD IT BE? WHAT SHOULD I DO

Enlarged lymph nodes in left check neck and arm. 8mm and Dr's won't biopsy. Seen ENT GP AND CANCER. WHAT COULD IT BE? WHAT SHOULD I DO

Wait and watch: If three different specialist do not feel the need to do a biopsy, it would be reasonable to wait and watch. If the nodes double in size you should re-contact your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes 4 years. Left check neck and arm. Dr's say 8mm and won't so a biopsy. What should I do? Could it be? Seen GP, ENT, AND CANCER DR.

Enlarged lymph nodes 4 years. Left check neck and arm. Dr's say 8mm and won't so a biopsy. What should I do? Could it be? Seen GP, ENT, AND CANCER DR.

Lymphadenopathy: You have been seen by your GP, ENT and an oncologist? They have all told you its fine, but you are still anxious and want a fourth opinion from online physicians who have not examined you? Do you have an anxiety disorder? what is the source of your dizzyness? Is your tachycardia due to PSVT instead of PVC which would be rare in your age and gender. Consult a mental health professional for eval. ...Read more

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Does a painless lymph node under the armpit always mean cancer? I'm a bit worried because what seems to be a lymph node under my armpit is painless.

Does a painless lymph node under the armpit always mean cancer? I'm a bit worried because what seems to be a lymph node under my armpit is painless.

No: The overwhelmingly vast majority of palpable lymph nodes don't represent cancer in the node. That said, you should consult your doctor if you continue to be concerned. ...Read more

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Why would my lymph node not shrink if it isn't cancer? Why would it last for five+ years? Also I have a cyst in the same armpit.

Why would my lymph node not shrink if it isn't cancer? Why would it last for five+ years? Also I have a cyst in the same armpit.

Many reasons: Remember that lymph nodes can enlarge for many reasons such as infections or chronic inflammation. Also, some cancers, such as certain lymphomas, can be present for years (even without therapy) and cause chronic node enlargement. See a doctor for an evaluation. Are you even sure it's a lymph node? ...Read more

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I've been having pain under my armpit and shoulder (all on the right side) and have a strong feeling a lymph node is the culprit could this be cancer?

Probably not: A painful lymph node is probably from an infection. A tumor usually grow so slowly that there isn't any pain until it gets so big that it presses on other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Pea sized node in armpit. 2nd time I've seen it in last 2 months. Goes away on its own in 1-2 weeks. Painful upon palpation. Lymph node? Cancer??

Pea sized node in armpit. 2nd time I've seen it in last 2 months. Goes away on its own in 1-2 weeks. Painful upon palpation. Lymph node? Cancer??

Probably OK: If it goes away predictably in that time frame, it's probably a normal, i.e. reactive lymph node. If it ever persists beyond one month, you should just have it removed for formal diagnosis. ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph nodes in 3 places, breast, groin and armpit. Could I have cancer?

Have swollen lymph nodes in 3 places, breast, groin and armpit. Could I have cancer?

Uncertain: Other things besides cancer can cause lymph node enlargement but it certainly warrants being checked out by you primary care physician. They may elect to follow you for a few weeks to see if it doesn't go away. If not, they may refer you to someone to do a sampling which can be done as a small surgery or needle procedure. ...Read more

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37 years. Female, .found large lymph node in left armpit 2 years ago, needle biopsy said reactive. Now have 3/4 in same area. Family history of cancer.

37 years. Female, .found large lymph node in left armpit 2 years ago, needle biopsy said reactive. Now have 3/4 in same area. Family history of cancer.

Get checked out: It is best to get this checked out if this has been present for more than a couple of weeks. There is no certain way to tell from your description what may be causing it. ...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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Firm, painless nonmoving 1cm swollen lymph node outer armpit (no hair there) 5wks. Scared it could be cancer. Follow up apt this week. 28 y/o female.

Might not be node: Significant node in axilla is found deep against axillary vein. Firm subcutaneous cyst or sweat gland lesion can present as you note. If more lesions appear in this area or enlargemtn proresses then bx needed. For Ca to appear other than lymphoma a primary must be noted in upper arm, chest wall or breast. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a cancerous armpit lymph node from breast cancer? Hard, immobile, etc?

What are the characteristics of a cancerous armpit lymph node from breast cancer? Hard, immobile, etc?

Not easy to tell: It's common to have a palpable node or two there. Metastatic disease tends to produce large nodes and they may be matted and/or fixed to the chest. If you have no breast mass and the nodes aren't obviously abnormal, I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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Could a cyst on the right thyroid, hoarseness and a lymph node enlarged to 3cm under right armpit be cancer?

Could a cyst on the right thyroid, hoarseness and a lymph node enlarged to 3cm under right armpit be cancer?

Maybe: A lump in the thyroid and hoarseness suggests cancer, but a lymph node under the arm is probably not related. Get all three problems checked out. A surgical oncologist is competent to deal with all of these issues. ...Read more

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Why are the lymph nodes in the armpit removed when a person undergoes surgery for breast cancer?

Why are the lymph nodes in the armpit removed when a person undergoes surgery for breast cancer?

Metastatsis: The first place that breast cancer will travel is to the lymph nodes in the armpit. A procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy removes the first draining lymph node from the breast. If this does not have cancer then we know that most lilkely the cancer has not spread. ...Read more

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What happen if there are cancer cells in a sentinel lymph node in the biceps but none in the armpit? The tumor started from a nevus on the arm.

Complete dissection: I would recommend that you undergo a complete axillary dissection and a complete removal of any remaining nodes where the positive node was located. ...Read more

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Movable painless swollen lymph node in armpit its been there for 5+ years I believe had ultrasound doctor request biopsy to be safe I'm 18 cancer?

Movable painless swollen lymph node in armpit its been there for 5+ years I believe had ultrasound doctor request biopsy to be safe I'm 18 cancer?

Unlikely: If the node has remained unchanged in 5+ years, it is not likely to be cancer. You may wish to get a second opinion before opting for biopsy, as it may not be warranted. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more