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Does Enlarged Lymph Nodes Mean Cancer
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
Can you get enlarged lymph nodes in your neck because of cancer somewhere else? Or can it be because I have pressed my neck a lot?
See below: Pressing the neck will not cause the lymph nodes to enlarge. It is very unlikely that cancer somewhere else is causing neck nodes to enlarge. To find out more would require additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more
If enlarged lymph nodes in neck are because of cancer somewhere else would it have to be in an area close to the neck?
Yes and no...: Neck lymph nodes may become enlarged with tumors of the head and neck, such as squamous cell carcinoma of the throat. (Smokers are prone to this problem.) This is because the lymphatic channels in the neck will filter through neck nodes before draining into a larger vessel in the chest. In contrast, lymphoma is a tumor of lymph nodes themselves, and can cause enlargement of any node. ...Read more
Had enlarged lymph nodes, left base of neck. PET + for cancer. Nodes now shrunken. Can no longer feel them. Could white cells have eliminated cancer?
Not likely: White cells don't eliminate cancer despite all the "pop" claims. Spontaneous regressions of cancer from immunity are rare and it almost always recurs afterwards. A PET scan cannot diagnose cancer without a biopsy, and is at most a means of finding lesions that need to be biopsied for possible cancer. Adults have neck nodes pop up and regress all the time. Be glad and talk with your physician. ...Read more
Maybe: This would depend on how advanced the tumor is. If it is a small minimally invasive tumor it is unlikely that enlarged lymph nodes have tumor deposits within them. Most of the time lymph nodes are enlarged because they are simply reacting to an infection or other process and not because one has cancer. ...Read more
Enlarged lymph nodes throughout neck. & a few under arms. All soft. All moveable. All 1.25 CM or less. Been there for three years. No growing. Cancer?
Probably not: I think it's just your healthy immune system working to fight off infections. The fact that they are freely movable is reassuring. Cancer (lit, 'the crab') tends to send out tentacles that tie tissues down. Also, the fact they're not growing is reassuring. Relax, and enjoy your life (safely, of course). ...Read more
A CT scan revealed enlarged lymph nodes. Is it smart to wait 3-6 months for another scan to determine if it's cancer?
See a surgeon: Ct scans are fantastic tests but they identify a lot of "things" outside of what we may be looking for. You cannot isolate one finding-an enlarged lymph node-and get good advice about what to do. We need to ask a lot of questions, do a thorough examination+/-blood tests & review the ct scan before making a formal recommendation. Unfortunately, no short-cuts allowed in this situation. ...Read more
Enlarged lymph nodes in left check neck and arm. 8mm and Dr's won't biopsy. Seen ENT GP AND CANCER. WHAT COULD IT BE? WHAT SHOULD I DO
Wait and watch: If three different specialist do not feel the need to do a biopsy, it would be reasonable to wait and watch. If the nodes double in size you should re-contact your primary care doctor. ...Read more
Enlarged lymph nodes 4 years. Left check neck and arm. Dr's say 8mm and won't so a biopsy. What should I do? Could it be? Seen GP, ENT, AND CANCER DR.
Lymphadenopathy: You have been seen by your GP, ENT and an oncologist? They have all told you its fine, but you are still anxious and want a fourth opinion from online physicians who have not examined you? Do you have an anxiety disorder? What is the source of your dizzyness? Is your tachycardia due to PSVT instead of PVC which would be rare in your age and gender. Consult a mental health professional for eval. ...Read more
My 6 year old son has had enlarged lymph nodes of the neck for 4 years now, his LDH has gone from 487 to 522 in 3 months, what does this mean?
Many things: LDH is a rather nonspecific test. It can be elevated in cardiac, blood, liver, lung, muscle, kidney disease & malignancy. Your child's pediatrician or gastroenterologist are really the on's who you should be discussing this with, since they are familiar with & managing your child's health. ...Read more
Your lymph nodes are "factories" for your immune system to produce a variety of substances and cells for fighting off infection. They can enlarge with even a cold. The swollen "glands" in the neck when you have strep throat are really lymph nodes.
So, mildly enlarged nodes, especially if they have no or little FDG uptake on a pet/ct scan, are likely benign. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more
No lymph nodes in th: Inside the chest there is only one location for the lymph nodes and that area is in between the lungs.... It is called mediastinum. Enlarged nodes in the mediastinum are often caused by some serious illnesses. So it must be checked further by your doctor. ...Read more
I had a cat scan for enlarged lymph nodes my report says some residual/reactive thymus what does that mean?
Residual thymus: The thymus gland, located within the anterior mediastinum of the chest, normally involutes, or shrinks, with age. By the age of 50, only about 15% of people have any thymic tissue visible on CT. So at your age, this is likely a normal finding. ...Read more
I have 6 enlarged lymph nodes,4 in my neck and two behind my ears. I know that one of them has been enlarged for 10 months, what does that mean?
Need to see doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. ...Read more
What does no m. calcific.mean on CT of chest"No mediastinal or hilar abnormally enlarged lymph nodes or masses. There is no mediastinal calcification"?
That means there: Are no abnormal lymph nodes. In other words, it looks fine in that region. ...Read more
Dr did catscan of pelvis for enlarged lymph nodes night sweats. Ct found thick cervix. What does this mean? Thanks
I've huge stress, no sleeping, butterflies in my stomach thinking I've a thyroid spread cancer, I've enlarged lymph nodes in neck, is it because of stre s?
Could be: Stress can do unbelievable things and create a problem out of nowhere. If you have been feeling like this for a while then I would recommend going to see a doctor so that they can help you with your symptoms. In the meantime drink plenty of water and do some activities that will lower your stress, for example: yoga. ...Read more
Two enlarged lymph nodes level 1&3 fna on suspicious one result favors reactive inflammation did that r/o cancer pretty much even if fna not on other?
The pathologist who examined the FNA can only say what was in the sample provided, not what may not have been sampled in the procedure. Unfortunately the result you stated does not rule out cancer. You may wish to discuss it with your doctor and may include the pathologist in the discussion to ascertain if removal of the lymph nodes is warranted.
Wish you good health! ...Read more
Have heterogeneous hypoechoic nodule in upper left neck w/enlarged lymph nodes & heterogeneous hypoechoic nod left thyroid. 2x cancer surv. Concerned?
Complete the workup:
Please follow your doctor's advice and complete the workup. The imaging findings described are concerning, and biopsy will probably be necessary to diagnose the problem.
Thyroid nodules are common, and may not be related to the enlarged lymph nodes. It may also need to be biopsied. ...Read more
I had metastatic papillary cancer 3 yrs ago. I now have 2 enlarged lymph nodes 1.7 CM and 1.5 cm. Gp is worried but hospital is not what would you do?
Where are those lymph nodes located? Where was the location of your metastatic disease?
I would consider i-131 whole body scan and blood work- and see if those lymph nodes would glow or not on the scan. Discuss further with your oncologist orwhoever doctor treating you for your thyroid cancer. ...Read more
If large, and hard:
Lymphadenopathy comes with infections and other condition like lymphoma---how much lymph node, how large, how hard?
Need doctor evaluation not just to figure why but also to treat infection, like cat scratch or more serious. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if there are bacteria/viruses/ cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge/hard in response to the inflammation created when they react. Sx — pain, feeling the node. ...Read more
Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) may sometimes provide insufficient tissue for definitive diagnosis, necessitating surgical excisional biopsy. Often, we can safely watch enlarged lymph nodes in the right clinical situation. ...Read more
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