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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
Immune System HQ: The lymph nodes can be thought of as outposts for white blood cells. When there is an infection or inflammation in the area where a lymph node is draining fluid from, the white blood cells start to build up to fight it. This causes swelling in that node. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both: A lymph node draining a tumor may become enlarged without metastic lesion. Metastases will certainly cause enlargement. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Do you have any open wound, infection, scratches, bites, puncture, suspicious mole etc on your hand area? If you do, the antecubital node swelling could be a reactive process towards the problem on hand. Swollen node can be caused by infection, inflammation, trauma, autoimmune, malignancy etc. If it becomes persistent more than 4-6 weeks-or growing or if u're worried-then see your md for eval. ...Read more
It depends on their: size. In general, they are bean shaped and feel firm but not hard. They may be tender to the touch. Lymph nodes that are cancerous tend to be fixed in one place, while "benign" nodes wiggle somewhat under the skin. Nodes that pop up over a short period of time are usually caused by nearby infection. Strep throat, for example can cause noticeable swell of nodes in the neck. Dr. anne ...Read more
Sure: Depends on the cause. Swollen nodes caused by infection or inflammation would be expected to go back to normal whereas those caused by cancer normally keep on growing (there are exceptions even to this, though). Moral of the story: unexplained enlargement of nodes should be evaluated by your doc. Best to you. ...Read more
Check for more nodes: There can be a question as to the cause of the lymph node enlargement and the cxr is being obtained to look for evidence of node enlargement in the chest or any suggestion of tumor. ...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
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