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Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Although some types of cancer may present with enlarged lymph nodes that can also occur because of infections. ...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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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?

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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What do a couple swollen lymph nodes in groin mean?

What do a couple swollen lymph nodes in groin mean?

Usually nothing.: This is the place where enlarged lymph glands are most often found. If not tender or hard, and if they are under 1 cm in diameter there usually is no problem. If that is not the case, or if there are other symptoms like fever, night sweats or weight loss, they might need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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What can mean swollen lymph nodes in the groin area?

What can mean swollen lymph nodes in the groin area?

Several things: A few small nodes (less than 1 cm) are not uncommon in the groins. These are usually due to injury or infection and are usually harmless. However, if your groin nodes seem getting larger over times, you should check with your doctor since besides infection, many cancers can cause this. Some examples are lymphoma, melanoma, or testicular cancer (in men), or cervical cancer (in women). ...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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What could multiple swollen lymph nodes in different locations mean?

Many things: Many causes for enlarged nodes, both malignant and not. You need to see a doc for a good physical exam and maybe additional tests. Do it asap. Best to you. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if I have swollen lymph nodes in multiple places?

What exactly does it mean if I have swollen lymph nodes in multiple places?

Get it evaluated: It means that it absolutely needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. That includes, blood tests, scans and a possible biopsy of a node. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have swollen lymph nodes in both armpits?

Infection: This is usually a sign of infection. You should see your doctor to get worked up for the infection and treated. ...Read more

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What could it mean if I've had swollen lymph nodes for over 3 years? Should I get a pap smear done?

Depends where: Where/ how big/ painful or not/ adherant to surrounding tissue or not........Any weight loss/ fever etc helps pmd to localse the problem and give further advise. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have a swollen lymph nodes and your jaw hurts?

Typically indicates: Some sort of infection. Best to be seen by your pcp. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have swollen lymph nodes and joint pain?

What does it mean if you have swollen lymph nodes and joint pain?

Infection likely: Lymph node involvement indicates an immune response; usually the presence of an
infection. Some infections can enter a joint space, causing pain and swelling, heat and redness. ...Read more

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What willit mean when you have swollen lymph nodes and joint pain?

What willit mean when you have swollen lymph nodes and joint pain?

Infection: Lymph node swelling usually is secondary to and inflammatory process though malignancies can also do this. Associated joint pain is usually present with infections or inflammatory diseases. ...Read more

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What could it mean when you have swollen lymph nodes and joint pain?

It depends: While swollen lymph nodes and joint pain could be from an infection, these symptoms may be signs of a more serious condition. You should see your doctor for further testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck to clavical referred to an ENT what's this mean?

Swollen lymph nodes in neck to clavical referred to an ENT what's this mean?

Swollen lymph nodes: Many times swollen lymph nodes happen as a reaction to something/a condition occurs in the head and neck area- like if you have any inflammation, infection, or other process including malignancy that happens in the mouth, tongue, throat etc. Your ENT will evaluate your ear, mouth and throat area to see if there is anything explaining the lymph nodes and do necessary work-up -may include a biopsy. ...Read more

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What could two soft lumps under the armpit mean? Only spot I feel swollen lymph nodes.

What could two soft lumps under the armpit mean? Only spot I feel swollen lymph nodes.

Cyst or lymph node: Lumps in the axillae/arm pit are usually sebaceous/glandular cysts or lymph nodes. The cysts will usually seem to be part of the skin or just below it. The cysts can also turn red and develop a pustular head that bursts, like a large pimple. Warm compress accelerates healing. The lymph nodes are deep, under the skin. Lymph nodes or progressive swelling needs evaluation by a primary care providr ...Read more

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Had a Ct scan for swollen lymph nodes results came back that no swollen lymph nodes were found. I can feel they are clearly there what does this mean?

Had a Ct scan for swollen lymph nodes results came back that no swollen lymph nodes were found. I can feel they are clearly there what does this mean?

Hard to: Say without viewing the scan, but a CT in most cases should be able to easily visualize enlarged lymph nodes. Keep in mind that you may be able to feel normal lymph nodes, and also that an abnormal lymph node may be normal in size (and therefore look normal on CT). A hard or painful lymph node may still be normal in size. CT can only discern size and shape. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes throughout head and neck, big scabs in head, elevated rdw-cv and elevated abs monocytes. What could this mean?

Probably nothing: This is a constellation of minor anomalies such as any generally healthy person may have. Lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. You need a general physician or skin Dr. To evaluate your scalp (?), & serum iron and TIBC to search for mild iron deficiency (commonly raises RCW before anemia sets in). Malignant nodes aren't subtle. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes icrease your risk of developing cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes icrease your risk of developing cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Swollen lymph nodes do not increase your risk of cancer, and while swollen nodes may be a sign of a cancerous process, there are many benign causes as well. For instance, many acute and chronic infections can lead to lymph node enlargement. Autoimmune type conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can cause enlarged lymph nodes as well. ...Read more

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Chronically generalized swollen lymph nodes for three years. All less than - 1.5 cm. & all moveable. No growth or change. Cancer?

Chronically generalized swollen lymph nodes for three years. All less than - 1.5 cm. & all moveable. No growth or change. Cancer?

No: Every older teen has some of these in the neck. If they're not growing rapidly, not grotesquely oversized, not fixed to the nearby structures, and not stony-hard, stop worrying. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes (cervical) for 15 months, size almost (2cm) no other symptoms, can this be cancer?

I have swollen lymph nodes (cervical) for 15 months, size almost (2cm) no other symptoms, can this be cancer?

Yes: The presence of enlarged cervical nodes present for several months without resolving suggests possible malignancy. If this were due to a head and neck malignancy, the primary would be manifest by now as a large ulcerating oral cancer or a lesion of thyroid. Since no mention of such a lesion, one must suspect lymphoma. Biopsy of node essential for dx. ...Read more

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I'm really worried it could be a tumor or cancer, I'm not sick or anything so I doubt it's swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

I'm really worried it could be a tumor or cancer, I'm not sick or anything so I doubt it's swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

See a doc: I'm not even sure I understand what's going on with you but I strongly urge you to quit worrying, turn off your computer, and call your doctor for a good evaluation. Online docs cannot help you any further. I hope it's nothing serious. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more