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Doctor insights on: Do Swollen Lymph Nodes Mean Cancer

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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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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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Do chronic swollen lymph nodes in the arm pit most likely mean breast cancer?

Do chronic swollen lymph nodes in the arm pit most likely mean breast cancer?

May need biopsy.....: If the lymph nodes are persistent after seeing your doctor and being evaluated for a possible infection and perhaps being treated with a course of antibiotics, a consultation with a breast cancer surgeon may be needed. Also, a proper breast exam with your doctor, mammogram and ultrasound should be performed if not already. ...Read more

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Do long lasting swollen lymph nodes in the armpit most likely mean breast cancer?

Do long lasting swollen lymph nodes in the armpit most likely mean breast cancer?

No: There are many reasons to have swollen lymph nodes. Some are common problems, like infection other are cancerous. Breast cancer is not the only cancer to cause lymph node enlargement. This can only be answered with an examination by a doctor. ...Read more

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Doctor sent me in for blood work after noticing "a lot of swollen lymph nodes" around my breast. Fam history of cancer esp breast. What does this mean?

Doctor sent me in for blood work after noticing "a lot of swollen lymph nodes" around my breast. Fam history of cancer esp breast. What does this mean?

Hard to know yet.: Blood work could certainly answer some questions about your swollen lymph nodes. If, for example, they are swollen due to an infection, the blood work may show that. Your family history does increase your eventual risk for breast cancer, and, if other studies are not helpful, an imaging study of the breast, such as an ultrasound or mammogram, may help. ...Read more

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What other things could my swollen lymph nodes mean?

What other things could my swollen lymph nodes mean?

Often it is from inf: Most often, infections cause lymph nodes to swell up; they are usually painful. But painless swelling of lymph nodes can be more serious and often it is caused by cancer of the lymph nodes(lymphoma) or spread of cancer from inside into lymph nodes will cause them to swell up. ...Read more

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What can it mean that I have swollen lymph nodes?

It depends: It depends on the location and the size of the lymph nodes. If they are bigger than 1.5-2 cm, or if they are continuing to increase in size, then a biopsy should done to find out the cause.. Lymph nodes are commonly swollen due to infections or inflammation. They may also be increased in size due to cancer of the lymph nodes, a condition called lymphoma. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?

Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?

Probable infection: Tender, swollen red lymph nodes usually indicate an infection. Under the arm may be due to an infected hair follicle. See a doctor to determine if antibiotics might be required. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my 5yr old son woke up with ping pong size swollen lymph nodes on both sides of his neck?

50/50 strep or viral: Very large anterior cervical lymph nodes are seen particularly in strep throat. A fever would almost certainly be going along with that. You can also see very large lymph nodes with mononucleosis and other viruses so in itself is just a warning sign to keep a close eye probably get a doctor to look at him and do a throat culture. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more