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I have enlarged lymph nodes in axilla, retroperitoneal and pelvic area in groin. 2 cm largest with suv 8 being the maximum. ? Feelings

I have enlarged lymph nodes in axilla, retroperitoneal and pelvic area in groin. 2 cm largest with suv 8 being the maximum.   ? Feelings

Possible lymphoma: The presence of lymph nodes that can be palpated in axilla would lead to evaluation of other sites as seen on CAT scan. This procedure must have been ordered to see if other nodal areas were involved as in retroperitoneum. Since there are many causes of multiple areas of enlarged nodes, dx must be determined by bx. Aspiration of no value since architecture of nodes required for proper dx. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What specific type of lymph nodes are most commonly involved in ovarian cancer?

What specific type of lymph nodes are most commonly involved in ovarian cancer?

Uncommon: Ovarian cancer typically does not go to lymph nodes except in a minority of patients where pelvic and para-aortic nodes can be affected. On rare occasions inguinal lymph nodes can be the site of ovarian cancer metastasis. ...Read more

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My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo. Is this true?

My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo.  Is this true?

Possible: It is disturbing when ovarian cancer returns so quickly after chemotherapy. The possibility of a cure and no further treatment is small. There are effective treatments but they are designed to control the disease. You might want to discuss the game plan in more detail with your oncologist i'm sorry to hear about your problem. ...Read more

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Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013.  Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node.  Is the ca125 jump a lot?  Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Seek medical exam: Your oncologist needs to know about this groin node if you have not yet told him.Since your ca 125 is still in the normal range, i would not draw any conclusions but your doctor needs to examine you and guide you. It is best not to follow your disease with ca125 right now as it will likely have such fluctuatiosns, causing you to be nervous and anxious, yet it does not help in making treatment decis. ...Read more

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Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

YES: The spread is usually intra-pelvic and intra-abdominal ..INGUINAL nodes may be involved but spread ABOVE THE DIAPHRAGM is unusual and is usually to the lungs! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Not likely: Ovarian cancer spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes and peritoneum, i.e., the lining of the abdomen. A single enlarged retro-auricular lymph node is not likely to be due to ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

Frozen section,,,: What is done during surgery for this or other operations for malignancy is usually a frozen section, not a biopsy. This is taken so the doctors know if there is tumor or if they got all the tumor if there is one. The results are reported at that time but it is preliminary. The official result comes after surgical dissection and examination and takes 2-3 days. Then the dr. Tells the pt. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c in 2008. No recurrence other than a para-aortic lymph node....Pet showed suv of 19.8. What doc do I need?

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c in 2008.  No recurrence other than a para-aortic lymph node....Pet showed suv of 19.8. What doc do I need?

Gyn oncology: You should see a gyn onc first. Surgery may be appropriate. There may also be a role for chemo which many gyn oncs give their own chemo. A possible alternative to surgery if you choose not to do it may be a newer type of radiation called sbrt. ...Read more

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My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node What is life expectency with Treat?

My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node  What is  life expectency with Treat?

No way to tell: Some of these are super-slow growers and she may have more good years ahead. Her oncologist can look at the pathology report and tell her the chances -- and it's always "percentage odds" rather than life expectancy. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain in around my right groin and at my right knee is this pain a sign of ovarian cancer?

I have a dull pain in around my right groin and at my right knee is this pain a sign of ovarian cancer?

Unlikely: Those are unlikely symptoms of ovarian cancer. Make sure you see your ob/gyn regularly and discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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Blue veins on pelvis sign of ovarian cancer?

Blue veins on pelvis sign of ovarian cancer?

Usually not.: Although a pelvic or abdominal tumor can lead to an increase in pelvic veins seen on the skin, there are more frequent causes such as malfunctioning (refluxing) valves in the saphenous system or even in the ovarian veins (pelvic congestion syndrome).A ct of the abdomen and pelvis as well as a leg venous ultrasound will help to make the diagnosis. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Since my estrogen is low and i just started having cramping right in the middle above my pelvis does that mean ovarian cancer?

Unlikely,: Your age and presentation suggest many other likely diagnosis. Incidentally, how did you know that your estrogen is low? Cramps in 39 y female could are likely to be due to menstrual cycles. When does cramping occur? Cyst, infection, review of other systems... Cancer is low on the list. The differential is wide open. Relax and go to general practioner who would be very helpful in your case. ...Read more

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52 years old. Hysterectomy at 38. Still have ovaries. Feel some cramping in pelvis. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Maybe: There are many different diagnoses which could cause cramping in the pelvis. From benign (constipation, fibroid tumor) to malignant (rectal cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, etc). Symptoms of ovarian cancer can mimic many different diseases. The best advice is to be seen by your gynecologist for a pelvic examination and if necessary trans-vaginal ultrasound. ...Read more

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Please answer, if one had ovarian cancer, could it metastasis to pelvis and present on pap as cin 1?

Please answer, if one had ovarian cancer, could it metastasis to pelvis and present on pap as cin 1?

Pap and ovarian CA: First just remember a Pap test is only good for finding cervical CA. It doesn't find ovarian or uterine CA. That's why ovarian CA is called the silent CA and uterine CA presents with bleeding. Your abnormal pap is not even at a level where it would be CA yet. Talk to your doctor and ask if the CA cells from the ovarian CA look like the pap. Sounds like u have a new problem. Hang in there! ...Read more

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I have a dull pain in my pelvis! I'm 24 female, terrified I have ovarian cancer.. Gp apt next week.. Suffer serious health anxiety. Help me please ?

I have a dull pain in my pelvis! I'm 24 female, terrified I have ovarian cancer.. Gp apt next week.. Suffer serious health anxiety. Help me please ?

Very rare under 40: Do you have a family history of ovarian cancer? There are many non-serious causes of pelvic pain in women your age. Ovarian cancer seems like a really remote possibility given your age. It typically occurs in women over 40, half are over age 60. Be calm and wait for your check up. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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When I go toilet to urinate or bowel movement sometimes it causes pain in front of pelvis? Is that ovarian cancer or something?

When I go toilet to urinate or bowel movement sometimes it causes pain in front of pelvis? Is that ovarian cancer or something?

Probable cystitis: Ovarian and other cancers in pelvis rarely associated with pain unless there is bowel obstruction from mets. pain on urinating mostly from inflammation in bladder. Urine analysis , colonoscopy and cystoscopy needed if urine analysis doesn't resoslve issue. ...Read more

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mild painx2 wks on & off left "ovary" hip area-CT abdomen and Pelvis- nml- OBGYN pelvic exam nml- 32 y/o worried about ovarian cancer? Please help!!!!

mild painx2 wks on & off left "ovary" hip area-CT abdomen and Pelvis- nml- OBGYN pelvic exam nml- 32 y/o worried about ovarian cancer? Please help!!!!

Not likely. : Not likely cancer. So you can relax. Now the pain could be cysts, or many other benign reasons. I am sure your Gyn will keep looking and also consider seeing a gen surgeon. A good history and exam may pony to a specific condition. Www.Drlugo.Com ...Read more

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32 yo- periods nml 7 days & heavy. Last 2 were light and 3-5 days. Preg neg- pelvic exam & pap 1 mo ago nml. CT of ab &pelvis nml 2 mos ago. Should I be worried? Could this be ovarian cancer or uterine cancer? What should I do?

32 yo- periods nml 7 days & heavy. Last 2 were light and 3-5 days. Preg neg- pelvic exam & pap 1 mo ago nml. CT of ab &pelvis nml 2 mos ago. Should I be worried? Could this be ovarian cancer or uterine cancer? What should I do?

See below: Being obsessed about cancer is not helpful. Take oral iron and vitamins to prevent anemia from heavy periods. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst. Said that it should clear up on its on. With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

After a vagina and a top pelvis ultrasound and a CT scan doctor says the sourse of my pelvic pain is a left ovary cyst.  Said that it should clear up on its on.  With all three test would that been able to tell if this was ovarian cancer. I am 41 years ol

Most likely Cyst: Cancer much less likely. As you know nothing in life is 100%. The most likely diagnosis based on what is described is cyst. Depending on simple vs. Complex cyst it needs to be followed for a couple of your cycles till resolves. Cancer is much less likely. ...Read more

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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

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Enlarged lymph nodes can be a one of the symptoms of HPV or cervical cancer?

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

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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?

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

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Enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and underneath my collar bone, is this cancer?

Enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and underneath my collar bone, is this cancer?

If this has been : Present for more than 2 weeks, non-painful, or growing, time to visit the doctor to decide what potential causes are. There are many benign things so do not hit the panic button, but cancers and lymphoma are possibiities. ...Read more

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If enlarged lymph nodes in neck are because of cancer somewhere else would it have to be in an area close to the neck?

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 enlargement of any node. ...Read more

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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?

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

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A CT scan revealed enlarged lymph nodes. Is it smart to wait 3-6 months for another scan to determine if it's cancer?

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

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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


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more