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Doctor insights on: How Does Cancer Spread Among Lymph Nodes

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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 Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

Potential multiple: Depends on location of primary.but -- Intra lobar, mediastinal, para tracheal, Supraclavicular, cervical ...Read more

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How fast does squamous cell cancer spread to lymph nodes?

Depends: There are several different types of squamos cell carcinomas, scc. For instance scc of the skin is not aggressive and very rarely spreads rapidly to lymph nodes. Scc of the lung is very aggressive and spreads rapidly. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer spread to neck if lymph nodes are negative?

Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube. ...Read more

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How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

Highly variable: Each person is different and there is no set time or schedule where colon cancer may or may not spread to lymph nodes or to other organs. Some small colon cancers will spread early and other cancers will grow large and not spread. ...Read more

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How can leukemia affect the lymph nodes?

How can  leukemia affect the lymph nodes?

Makes them bigger...: Lymph nodes are basically a place where normal white blood cells reside. Leukemic cells, which are cancerous white blood cells, will sometimes go to lymph nodes and divide rapidly, which in turn makes the lymph node grow abnormally large. ...Read more

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Cancer: Does any/minimal lymph node involvement always mean cancer has metastasized?

Cancer: Does any/minimal lymph node involvement always mean cancer has metastasized?

That depends on: what you mean. Hodgkins lymphoma or non- Hodgkins lymphoma start in lymph system. If there is cancer found in a lymph node (& not a lymphatic cancer) then it is metastatic from where it originated. But having a painful or swollen lymph doesn't automatically mean that there is cancer in that particular node. It needs to be tested to know. ...Read more

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How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

It is relative.: This depends upon the stage of cancer at diagnosis. Colon cancer is staged by the dukes' system. Stages a and b have no lymph mode involvement and so no spread is likely. Stage c patients do better if <5 nodes are involved so those are likely to be slower than those with >5 nodes. Stage d means distant metastasis (organs involved). It is hard to say since people come in at diferent stages. ...Read more

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How does leukemia affect your lymph nodes?

How does leukemia affect your lymph nodes?

It depends: It depends on the type of leukemia. All leukemias affect your immune system, because leukemia is abnormal growth of white blood cells. In acute leukemia, the tumor cells grow in the blood and usually the lymph nodes aren't enlarged. In chronic leukemia, (cll or cml) the lymph nodes can become enlarged from leukemia cells growing within. ...Read more

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To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

Local and distant: The most common spread is to local nodes around the esophagus. But the spread, or metastasis can be more distant such as to nodes around the celiac plexus, the region where the blood supply to the stomach arises below the diaphragm. But distant metastasis can be to nodes in the neck, particularly associated with the lymphatic chain that drains into the subclavian vein on left behind clavicle ...Read more

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Cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck, how to know?

Cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck, how to know?

Must be evaluated: There is no way for you personally to know the cause of swollen lymph nodes in your neck. You should visit your doctor the great majority of the time, they are coming from an infection in your throat, mouth, face, or even infection in the nodes themselves. Cancer can be a cause but is less liely. Go and find out for sure. ...Read more

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Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Metastatic disease: Any spread from the tissue of origin, including lymph nodes is metastatic disease. ...Read more

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How can swollen lymph nodes develop into leukemia?

How can swollen lymph nodes develop into leukemia?

Spread from marrow: Swollen lymph nodes do not transform to leukemia. Leukemia is a cancer starting in the blood cells of the bone marrow.,Their rapid growth allows them to build up in the bone marrow, replacing normal cells. At some point they leave the bone marrow and enter the blood stream. . Once in the blood, leukemia cells can spread to other organs including the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen. ...Read more

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Can oral or oropharyngeal cancer spread to supraclavicular nodes without spreading to other cervical nodes first?

Can oral or oropharyngeal cancer spread to supraclavicular nodes  without spreading to other cervical nodes first?

Unusual but possible: As we are taught in fellowship, "tumors don't read text books." supraclavicular nodal metastasis is a distant site, technically stage iv. Usually the pattern is regional spread followed by more distant spread, but sometimes there are "skip" situations. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Can  esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Sadly yes: Esophagus is a muscular tube that can stretch, so often no symptoms until it can't . Also has no outer membrane surrounding it so easier to spread outside the organ itself. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

Absolutely!: Lymph node (ln) involvement implies the presence of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body. Therefore, the chance for cure is dependent on one's ability to kill these cancer cells thru a combination of chemotherapy & one's immune system. Fortunately, we have many effective drugs to rx breast ca, leading to improved cure rates as compared to even a decade ago. Ln involvement is not a death sentence. ...Read more

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Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

No: tumors metastasize to regional nodes before distant nodes, but what goes to nodal disease only stays nodal. When breast spreads to nodes, one pos. axillary node is said to have better prognosis that 10 nodes. This is not due to # nodes but more nodes means primary has been spreading over a longer period of time. If axilla speads it is only to supraclavicular nodes and no other site. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes?  Is that usually pretty bad?

Not necessarily: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more

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