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Lymph nodes hurt after drinking alcohol means you have cancer?

Lymph nodes hurt after drinking alcohol means you have cancer?

Hodgkin lymphoma: Lymph node pain from alcohol is a "classic" (but uncommon) symptom in hodgkin's lymphoma. It doesn't prove that any cancer or lymphoma is present, but is worthy of a physician history and physical examination to start. ...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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Do cancerous lymph nodes grow?

Do cancerous lymph nodes grow?

Yes: Most of the lymph nodes that you find are your friends. Malignant nodes are usually pretty early to recognize as abnormal. ...Read more

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How do cancerous lymph nodes feel like?

How do cancerous lymph nodes feel like?

Nodes.: Usually, cancerous lymph nodes are firm, larger than normal, not tender, and continue to enlarge over weeks/months. ...Read more

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Are lymph nodes that move aren't cancerous?

Are lymph nodes that move aren't cancerous?

Not necessarily: We can't tell whether lymph nodes are cancerous or not just by feeling them for movement. The only way to know for sure is to obtain tissue from the lymph node with either a needle biopsy or more definitively, an open biopsy that removes all or part of the node. ...Read more

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Are cancerous lymph nodes moveable or fixed?

Are cancerous lymph nodes moveable or fixed?

Depends: 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

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I was wondering are cancerous lymph nodes painful?

I was wondering are cancerous lymph nodes painful?

Not usually: Cancer is painless in early stages. But it can cause some pain and discomfort with ongoing enlargement, so big growths do become painful with time. ...Read more

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If I push on lymph nodes can this cause them to be cancerous?

No: You can't cause cancer by touching or pushing on your lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Do lymph nodes swell if there are cancerous swells near them?

Both: A lymph node draining a tumor may become enlarged without metastic lesion. Metastases will certainly cause enlargement. ...Read more

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Can cancerous lymph nodes be very soft & moveable? Is that possible?

Can cancerous lymph nodes be very soft & moveable? Is that possible?

Yes. But no: Clinical finding is definitive for benign or malignant. Nodes commonly come and go to feel/touch. Lymphoma not common. ...Read more

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Do cancerous lymph nodes always get bigger? And are they always immovable and hard?

Do cancerous lymph nodes always get bigger? And are they always immovable and hard?

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

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If lymph nodes didn't disappear but they became smaller is that mean they are not cancerous?

If lymph nodes didn't disappear but they became smaller is that mean they are not cancerous?

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

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Could you tell me what are chances of suriving if you have a cancerous turmor in your lymph nodes?

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

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Need to know if a dr orders a cats can for lymph nodes before s bronscopy is it cancer.

Need to know if a dr orders a cats can for lymph nodes before s bronscopy is it cancer.

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

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Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

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

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Can cancer hide in lymph nodes and not show on pet scahn?

Can cancer hide in lymph nodes and not show on pet scahn?

Yes: Unfortunately yes. Pet scans do not detect all cancer in the lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes that are soft, moveable and do not grow still be cancer?

Can lymph nodes that are soft, moveable and do not grow still be cancer?

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

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In general, Does lymph nodes for about month always mean they are cancer?

In general, Does lymph nodes for about month always mean they are cancer?

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

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When someone has cancer in their lymph nodes, does that mean it's throughout their entire body?

When someone has cancer in their lymph nodes, does that mean it's throughout their entire body?

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