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Enlarged lymph nodes can be a one of the symptoms of HPV or cervical cancer?

Enlarged lymph nodes can be a one of the symptoms of HPV or cervical cancer?

Maybe: This would depend on how advanced the tumor is. If it is a small minimally invasive tumor it is unlikely that enlarged lymph nodes have tumor deposits within them.

Most of the time lymph nodes are enlarged because they are simply reacting to an infection or other process and not because one has cancer. ...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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Is my cervical cancer terminal if it has only metastasized to the para aortic lymph nodes?

Is my cervical cancer terminal if it has only metastasized to the para aortic lymph nodes?

Oncologist: When it comes to cancer, many details can play a significant role. It is best to discuss this situation with a specialist for female genital cancers, gynecologic oncologist. ...Read more

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What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

Many can: Non-hodgkin's lymphoma and hodgkin's lymphoma commonly cause swelling of lymph nodes.

But any cancer that spreads to a lymph node can cause swelling of the involved lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes (cervical) for 15 months, size almost (2cm) no other symptoms, can this be cancer?

I have swollen lymph nodes (cervical) for 15 months, size almost (2cm) no other symptoms, can this be cancer?

Yes: The presence of enlarged cervical nodes present for several months without resolving suggests possible malignancy. If this were due to a head and neck malignancy, the primary would be manifest by now as a large ulcerating oral cancer or a lesion of thyroid. Since no mention of such a lesion, one must suspect lymphoma. Biopsy of node essential for dx. ...Read more

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Would cervical cancer cause symptoms or an abnormal pap before it spread to lymph nodes?

Would cervical cancer cause symptoms or an abnormal pap before it spread to lymph nodes?

No: One of the problems with cervical cancer treatment is that many people do not have symptoms until it has already spread. That is why we do Pap smears-to catch it before symptoms ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Although some types of cancer may present with enlarged lymph nodes that can also occur because of infections. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes icrease your risk of developing cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes icrease your risk of developing cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Swollen lymph nodes do not increase your risk of cancer, and while swollen nodes may be a sign of a cancerous process, there are many benign causes as well. For instance, many acute and chronic infections can lead to lymph node enlargement. Autoimmune type conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can cause enlarged lymph nodes as well. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, cancer inside thigh?

Swollen lymph nodes, cancer inside thigh?

Not necessary: From your post, I am guessing your swollen nodes are in the groins. This may be due to injury, infection or cancer. If the nodes are small and unchanged for may years, nothing to worry about. If the nodes have been getting larger, then you should talk with your doctor. Some cancer assocaited with swollen groin nodes are lymphoma, melanoma, and testicular cancer (in men), or cervical cancer (women). ...Read more

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Cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck, how to know?

Must be evaluated: There is no way for you personally to know the cause of swollen lymph nodes in your neck. You should visit your doctor
the great majority of the time, they are coming from an infection in your throat, mouth, face, or even infection in the nodes themselves. Cancer can be a cause but is less liely. Go and find out for sure. ...Read more

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How to test if you have cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck?

How to test if you have cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck?

See a doc: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by cancer but also other things like infection. Your doctor will evaluate you and determine if it's proper to watch them for a little while of if they are significant enough to warrant a biopsy. Best to you. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck for 4 years. If it was cancer would I have sypmtoms?

Yes: There are many causes for enlarged cervical lymph nodes, some are malignancy and some are not. First of all, you may not be feeling lymph nodes. Get an examination by a doctor and if indeed you are feeling nodes, a biopsy may be done. Please get help. Good luck ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump for 4 years with no growth or change but nearby swollen lymph nodes. Is it cancer?

Hard immovable lump for 4 years with no growth or change but nearby swollen lymph nodes. Is it cancer?

Scar tissue: It's common for a teen to have a lymph node that's a battleground for bacteria. These are your friends, and occasionally one or more get scarred up. Leave it alone and be grateful. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has swollen lymph nodes in 4 places all over her body for over a year now when should it go away or could it be cancer?

My 2 year old daughter has swollen lymph nodes in 4 places all over her body for over a year now when should it go away or could it be cancer?

Needs check up: Your child needs to be examined to make sure the liver and spleen are normal
she need a blood count and needs to be evaluated for mono, or cmv infection ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and clavical for 9 months. U/s stated within normal range and bloods normal. Could this still be cancer?

I've had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and clavical for 9 months. U/s stated within normal range and bloods normal. Could this still be cancer?

Are they getting big: Ger or staying the same? Any pain or other symptoms? The fact that u/s & lab work was done, indicates you have seen your gp.
The best way for a complete diagnosis is a biopsy to get some tissue from the swelling.
You should go to a surgeon and have this done. The earlier you can do it, the sooner you get an answer. ...Read more

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I'm really worried it could be a tumor or cancer, I'm not sick or anything so I doubt it's swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

I'm really worried it could be a tumor or cancer, I'm not sick or anything so I doubt it's swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

See a doc: I'm not even sure I understand what's going on with you but I strongly urge you to quit worrying, turn off your computer, and call your doctor for a good evaluation. Online docs cannot help you any further. I hope it's nothing serious. ...Read more

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Two swollen lymph nodes in groin area. Afraid I have cancer in reproductive system. Is this rare or common?

Two swollen lymph nodes in groin area. Afraid I have cancer in reproductive system. Is this rare or common?

Not Gyn: If the presence of groin nodes do not represent a primary process in those nodes such as Infection or tumor then if there is existing pathology it has spread from well defined sites such as thigh or even lower leg, vulvae, or perianal area. Cancer in reproductive system when noted in nodes are defined by those in the pelvic hypogastric area. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes with pain in my right leg for some time now. Hoping its not cancer could it be something else?

I have swollen lymph nodes with pain in my right leg for some time now. Hoping its not cancer could it be something else?

Many things: Lymph nodes can be enlarged for many reasons. Infections, cancer such as lymphoma are possible. Please see a health care professional. ...Read more

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I have two 1 cm swollen lymph nodes in neck. They have been there for years but have recently been getting bigger/firmer. Possible cancer?

Unlikely: Everybody has a couple of nodes that wax and wane. They are your friends. If it is cancer, they will be obviously abnormal. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in face and neck for 5 years causing swelling. How can I make my Dr's take me seriously? Scared it may be cancer.

I have swollen lymph nodes in face and neck for 5 years causing swelling. How can I make my Dr's take me seriously? Scared it may be cancer.

Bx if necessary: Rule is that if there is a cancer that is left alone it will GROW on you. If there are questionable unchanged lumps in the face and neck for 5 years they can not be of concern. If they enlarge, become painful or increase in number then bx is indicated. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck! Right side one has been swollen for a month and a half, left side lymph nodes developed within, cancer? Biopsy coming up

Swollen lymph nodes in neck! Right side one has been swollen for a month and a half, left side lymph nodes developed within, cancer? Biopsy coming up

Ans: Lymph nodes become inflamed for many possible causes. Now they can take several months to resolve. You are having a biopsy so that is fine but did you ever have your blood drawn? Do you know those results? ...Read more

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Friend has a 4cm kidney tumor believed to be cancer. Also swollen lymph nodes. What are the odds the lymph nodes have cancer and how could be treated?

Friend has a 4cm kidney tumor believed to be cancer. Also swollen lymph nodes. What are the odds the lymph nodes have cancer and how could be treated?

Maybe: If the lymph nodes that are enlarged are near the kidney and were identified by ct scan, then it is likely that they are affected by cancer. If enlarged nodes are far away from the kidney, then it is less likely but still possible to be affected by cancer. Treatment for any cancer is dependent on histology (cell type), clinical stage, and other clinical factors-your friend needs an oncologist. ...Read more

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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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Chronically generalized swollen lymph nodes for three years. All less than - 1.5 cm. & all moveable. No growth or change. Cancer?

Chronically generalized swollen lymph nodes for three years. All less than - 1.5 cm. & all moveable. No growth or change. Cancer?

No: Every older teen has some of these in the neck. If they're not growing rapidly, not grotesquely oversized, not fixed to the nearby structures, and not stony-hard, stop worrying. ...Read more

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Is inguinal lymph node swelling a sign of cervical cancer? Not other symptoms and pap last year was negative

Not usually: There are many reasons for inguinal node enlargement and cervical cancer is low on this list. If you are healthy otherwise. Give it a couple more weeks to see how they progress. If you have lower abdominal or genital problems, you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does the amount of swollen lymph nodes matter? If you have many painless lymph nodes in neck, groin, could it be cancer?

Does the amount of swollen lymph nodes matter? If you have many painless lymph nodes in neck, groin, could it be cancer?

↓edOdds ImmuneSystem: Includes lymph nodes=filters within lymph vessels (which return blood leaking out of capillaries, body wide, back into the blood stream). White blood cells in nodes screen all fluid for possible threats, including virus, bacteria & malignant cells. When specific WBCs detect something they individually respond to, they rapidly divide creating lymph enlargement. Many possibilities, infection likely. ...Read more

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I have 3 swollen lymph nodes. Two in my neck and one under my chin. Have had one for several years. Other two are a couple years old. Possible cancer?

I have 3 swollen lymph nodes. Two in my neck and one under my chin. Have had one for several years. Other two are a couple years old. Possible cancer?

Follow up: Benign lymph nodes tend to be mobile and less than 1 cm in size. Malignant lymph nodes tend to be greater than 1cm and are usually more firm and fixed. Are you having any associated night sweats, fatigue/lethargy? I recommended you get them examined by an ENT. They may watch and wait, order head/Neck CT scan, or even order FNA/biopsy of the largest lymph nodes with pathology evaluation. Follow up. ...Read more

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Current smoker for 13yrs. Intense burning sensation in my head and back last week and a half. Normal bloodwork. Swollen lymph nodes. Do I hv cancer?

See your doctor: While burning pain in your head and back isn't necessarily anything worrisome, swollen lymph nodes should be evaluated. Don't wait around, go and see your physician. And you should consider an attempt to quite smoking; I know it's tough, but it will be very good for your future health. And by the way, lots of things that aren't cancer can cause swollen lymph nodes! ...Read more

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Had total hyst 10/11 stage 2 cervical cancer found. Pelvic lymph nds remved 12/11; clear since. Don't feel well yet. Tired/ache/pain. Lymphedema mild too?

Had total hyst 10/11 stage 2 cervical cancer found. Pelvic lymph nds remved 12/11; clear since. Don't feel well yet. Tired/ache/pain. Lymphedema mild too?

S/P Cervical CA Surg: Being that you are newly 18 months out from your surgery, the fatigue and pain is worrisome. Lymph edema may persist for many months or never completely go away. What was the status of the lymph nodes? All negative for cancer? I would follow up with your gynecologist and tratment team - you shouldn't be this tired and achy this far out. ...Read more

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July 2010 our sweet precious33 yr daughter was diagnosed with cervical cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes & brain. Our daughter lives in another city now getting treatment & was in another state when she got her 1st treatment and has been thr

July 2010 our sweet precious33 yr daughter was diagnosed with cervical cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes & brain. Our daughter lives in another city now getting treatment & was in another state when she got her 1st treatment and has been thr

I: I am sorry that your daughter's disease has progressed and that she is still in pain.

I suggest she see a good pain medicine doctor, preferably one who was trained as an anesthesiologist. There is something called an intrathecal pain pump. It is implanted under the skin of the stomach and a catheter is tunneled under the skin directly into the fluid around the spinal cord. It slowly puts pain medicine directly around the spinal cord similar to how women get an epidural for pain during child birth. This can sometimes control pain that is difficult to control with oral, intravenous, or skin-patch narcotics and a randomized trial comparing intrathecal pain pumps to these other medicines also suggested that people with the pumps live a bit longer, probably due to less side effects from the pain medicine. Patients can walk and do their normal activity with the pump, but there can be side effects and an experienced doctor is needed to place and manage the pump.

There is also a possibility that some of her pain could be controlled with radiation to the back if the pain is from tumor in the spine and that a short course of radiation could help shrink or slow down growth of her neck tumor.

I wish you the best. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Cervical Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled proliferation of cells of the cervical tissue (mucosal lining cells or stroma) due to certain mutations. High risk HPV viruses ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more