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Is it normal to feel 1 lymph node in neck? Its like more flat oval... Couple mm big. Just never felt it before. Went to ENT twice- he says im ok-

Is it normal to feel 1 lymph node in neck? Its like more flat oval... Couple mm big. Just never felt it before. Went to ENT twice- he says im ok-

Size matters: In adults we usually shouldn't be able to feel lymph nodes. Having said that we're not usually concerned until we feel something that is one cm or larger. Soft, easy to move lymph nodes, especially in the posterior neck, behind the sternocleidomastoid muscle, are fairly common. If you had it checked out, and it's not growing, it's probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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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 I have a neck tumor or a lymph node from cancer elsewhere if large?

Could I have a neck tumor or a lymph node from cancer elsewhere if large?

You have a lump in: Your neck? You might be right, it could be a lymph node, a lot depends on where, and how long it has been there. The possibillities include congenital cysts, thyroid enlargements, tumors and benign, and nodes. Nodes can be infectious or inflammatory, or intrinsic lymphoma, or regional or distant cancer. An exam and possibly imaging and biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

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Enlarged neck lymph node. CAT scan biopsy negative for tumors and cancer. Had mono a year ago. Lymph node still extremely enlarged dr. Says inflamed?

Enlarged neck lymph node. CAT scan biopsy negative for tumors and cancer.  Had mono a year ago.  Lymph node still extremely enlarged dr. Says inflamed?

See clinic doc: Persistent enlarged lymph node after a year of mononucleosis is unusual though some rare individuals may have these reactions to the virus Epstein Barr. To know if the lymph node is related to the above, it is best to be examined by a clinic doc or specialist to review adequacy of biopsy or imaging. There are tests on biopsied tissue to tell if Its infection,other non neoplastic or something else ...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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What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

Your doctor should g: A physical examination by a good doctor can guide you further. If there is a real lump in your neck, we need to know more about this lump...like how big is it? how long has it been there? is it growing in size or static? There are tumors that can arise from soft tissues of the neck like muscles and other structures that make up your neck. if the tumor is easily palpable, then you need X-rays done ...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.

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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Could a neck ultrasound of the throid pick up any other potential lymph node tumors?

Could a neck ultrasound of the throid pick up any other potential lymph node tumors?

Maybe: It really depends on how focused an exam they do. If they are only interested in the thyroid gland, they might miss something. It is better to do a complete neck exam to avoid this. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the back of my neck below the hairline..It doesn't hurt i just came across it .Is it a lymph node or could it be a tumor? I do smoke..

I have a lump on the back of my neck below the hairline..It doesn't hurt i just came across it .Is it a lymph node or could it be a tumor? I do smoke..

Yes: The differential diagnosis for a lump is fairly broad. It could be a lymph node, benign fatty tumor, cyst, etc. It is best to follow-up with your primary care physician to evaluate the mass. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more