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Doctor insights on: Cancer Spread To Lymph Nodes Prognosis

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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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Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

No: tumors metastasize to regional nodes before distant nodes, but what goes to nodal disease only stays nodal. When breast spreads to nodes, one pos. axillary node is said to have better prognosis that 10 nodes. This is not due to # nodes but more nodes means primary has been spreading over a longer period of time. If axilla speads it is only to supraclavicular nodes and no other site. ...Read more

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Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Depends: 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 cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Depends upon type.: There are many types of malignancies / cancers that can be effectively treated when they involve lymph nodes. It is important to know what type of cancer and the overall stage of the disease. Don't give up! ...Read more

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How fast does squamous cell cancer spread to lymph nodes?

Depends: There are several different types of squamos cell carcinomas, scc. For instance scc of the skin is not aggressive and very rarely spreads rapidly to lymph nodes. Scc of the lung is very aggressive and spreads rapidly. ...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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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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Does colon cancer spread to neck if lymph nodes are negative?

Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube. ...Read more

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Cancer: Does any/minimal lymph node involvement always mean cancer has metastasized?

Cancer: Does any/minimal lymph node involvement always mean cancer has metastasized?

That depends on: what you mean. Hodgkins lymphoma or non- Hodgkins lymphoma start in lymph system. If there is cancer found in a lymph node (& not a lymphatic cancer) then it is metastatic from where it originated. But having a painful or swollen lymph doesn't automatically mean that there is cancer in that particular node. It needs to be tested to know. ...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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Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Lymph node cancers: Cancers can start in lymph nodes like lymphoma, or they can spread to them from somewhere else. If it spread to them, they can be treated but the cure rate is lower. Lymphomas can usually be effectively treated as well. ...Read more

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Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Metastatic disease: Any spread from the tissue of origin, including lymph nodes is metastatic disease. ...Read more

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How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

Highly variable: Each person is different and there is no set time or schedule where colon cancer may or may not spread to lymph nodes or to other organs. Some small colon cancers will spread early and other cancers will grow large and not spread. ...Read more

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Do breast tumors often metastasize to local lymph nodes?

Do breast tumors often metastasize to local lymph nodes?

Yes: App. 1 in 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer will have evidence of cancer spread to the lymph nodes in the armpit on the affected side. This indicates the high probability of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body but does not mean that the cancer is incurable. This usually warrants the recommendation for chemotherapy to kill these "elsewheres"; thankfully, this is often successful. ...Read more

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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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Haw bad is metastatic prostate cancer to a neck lymph node?

Haw bad is metastatic prostate cancer to a neck lymph node?

Second opinion: Please consider a second opinion to confirm if the neck node is metastatic cancer from prostate. It is unusual (though not unheard of) for prostate cancer to skip pelvic nodes and bones and skip straight to a neck node. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer stage 3b pt4a pn1c, no lymph nodes involvement curable?

Yes: Stage 3b usually means lymph nodes are involved, so i think your information might not be entirely accurate. However, even stage 3b colon cancer can be treated with surgery and chemotherapy and the chances of cure are good. ...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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Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more