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Do Cancerous Lymph Nodes Hurt
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
a cluster of lymph nodes swelled in my groin, all in a row, and the only thing painful is a mosquito bite on my knee. Cancer? I'm 18 and they hurt
If the cancer is contained within the capsule of the lymph node it is mobile.
If the cancer has penetrated through the capsule of the lymph node it is likely to become fixed to the nearby tissue and become immobile.
Please note enlarged lymph nodes do not always mean that it is a cancerous lymph node. ...Read more
Both: A lymph node draining a tumor may become enlarged without metastic lesion. Metastases will certainly cause enlargement. ...Read more
Variable: Lymph nodes that have lymphoma are generally large, but rubbery and movable. Firm, immovable ones are generally metastatic from an epithelial cancer like breast cancer, or from melanoma. Cancerous nodes will almost always grow, but sometimes slowly. Visit with your doctor to discuss a lymph node biopsy to know for sure. ...Read more
Probably: Every young adult has some palpable lymph nodes that grow and shrink. They're your friends. Malignant lymph nodes are obviously abnormal. Leave the others alone. Best wishes. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are chances of suriving if you have a cancerous turmor in your lymph nodes?
Depends on the: Location and number of nodes. If only one or two nodes near the tumor are involved, cure may still be possible. However, if a tumor in the lung has spread to the nodes in the neck then it is not likely to be curable. ...Read more
Sounds like he's: Looking for evidence, but the only proof is a biopsy. Ct-scans reveal lumps, in lungs or the mediastinum, wher the heart, swallowing tube and lymph nodes live. Size and architecture point to or against cancer. Pet/ct follows a biopsy. They must know that there is cancer first, then look for the legitimate treatments. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
Less likely: Cancerous lymph nodes typically are hard. Lymphomas (another kind of malignancy in lymph nodes) might be softer, or even feel fluid-filled (cystic). Any unusual lymph node, one that increases in size, is tender, hard, clumped, fixed to surrounding tissue, etc needs to be checked promptly, especially if associated with other symptoms, like itching, fever, weight loss, jaundice. Any doubts, see md. ...Read more
Definitely Not: There are lots of "reactive" lymph node swellings which can happen in response to anything from a bug bite on the skin to a viral sore throat. Of course this also depends on the location! Definitely have a face to face exam with a local physician such that he can take careful history and figure this out! Hope this helps! ...Read more
Not necessarily...: The lymphatic circulation is a conduit for cancer cells to exit their organ of origin and spread elsewhere in the body. Lymph nodes are filters which may "capture" some of these cancer cells; their removal then gives us information about what may be going on elsewhere in the body. The prognosis of lymph node-positive cancer is highly dependent on the type of cancer & it's chemosensitivity. ...Read more
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