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Is lung cancer in your neck and can you feel it.

Is lung cancer in your neck and can you feel it.

Possible,,,: Lung cancer can result in superior vena cava syndrome where the big vein that goes from your head to your heart is throttled by the cancer, resulting in a bulging neck vein. So it can be felt. ...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 are the symptoms of neck cancer?

What are the symptoms of neck cancer?

Lumps: Neck cancer usually implies metastatic disease from the ear, nose or throat. Progressive enlarging lymph nodes especially under the jaw area are of concern. ...Read more

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I'm having really weird bump on my neck, could I have cancer?

I'm having really weird bump on my neck, could I have cancer?

Have it examined: The weird bump on the neck should be checked out by your physician. This is particularly the case if it has changed in size or coloration or if there is new pain associated with it. Cancer is always a concern. Special imaging tests or even a biopsy may be necessary. But its good to start with your physician who can tell a lot by looking at it and palpating it. ...Read more

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Could this lump on my neck be cancer?

Could this lump on my neck be cancer?

See a doctor: Lumps on the neck need to be evaluated by a physician. Cancer is one possibility, but there are many. ...Read more

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What is the lump in my neck and could it be cancer?

What is the lump in my neck and could it be cancer?

Could Be MANY Things: Evaluation of a neck mass requires a trip to your primary care doctor. A careful history, physical exam, +/- an ultrasound will help narrow down the possibilities, which include many, many things other than cancer. Don't delay... ...Read more

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What causes neck cancer?

What causes neck cancer?

It can be one of man: There are many structures located in the neck any one of which can become cancerous. There are many lymph nodes in the neck which can be enlarged due to cancer inside the mouth/throat or due to cancer of the node itself (often called Lymphoma) ...Read more

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Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

No: Painless neck lumps are common and very few are cancerous. See your primary care doctor for exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of someone with neck cancer?

There are many diffe: Neck cancer may mean any one of the different cancers. The common ones that can show up in the neck are lymphoma, cancers of the head/neck region that arise inside but spread into the neck lymph nodes and thyroid cancers. The symptoms may be a swelling in the neck (painless usually) and symptoms from the primary cancer such as hoarseness or sores in the mouth or throat. Fever and fatigue can be sx. ...Read more

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I have a bump on back of my neck right side. Is it cancer? I've had it for yearsI

I have a bump on back of my neck right side. Is it cancer? I've had it for yearsI

Not cancer: Any growth in the body is considered a tumor. A cancer is a form of tumor that has no growth constraints, . It usually enlarges and eventually metastasizes. Yours has not. In the neck, posterior lesions are usually not nodal in origin but frequently lipomas. A surgeon can easily establish dx and decide whether bx or resection required ...Read more

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Painless lumps on both sides of neck, from past one month which are growing slowly. Age:22, female. Will that results in cancer. Worried. Please help?

Painless lumps on both sides of neck, from past one month which are growing slowly. Age:22, female. Will that results in cancer. Worried. Please help?

Neck lumps: Most lumps on neck are due to inflamed lymph nodes which most of the time are of benign nature. Infections can cause this type of reaction and they usually resolve on their own or after infection has resolved. Lymph nodes that persist, are hard and do not move need to be checked more closely. If that is the case a visit to the ENT is recommended. ...Read more

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What causes head and neck cancers?

What causes head and neck cancers?

Many Causes: Tobacco smoking and chewing is the largest cause of head/neck cancers. A significant number are caused by viruses (epstein barr virus, human pailoma virus); alcohol and less commonly hereitary factors also play a role. ...Read more

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How do doctors detect neck cancer?

How do doctors detect neck cancer?

Several ways: 1) clinical exam, using scopes (laryngoscope, nasoscope)
2) imaging: this includes computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, ultrasound, among others
3) laboratory studies of blood components
4) always a biopsy is done to prove the diagnosis.
Clinical history (such as smoking, drinking), specific symptoms and length of symptoms all guide in the approach and use of the above. ...Read more

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Are head and neck cancers always terminal?

Head and neck cancer: Head and neck cancers span a wide range of sites and cancer types with several causes. Depending on the site and type of cancer, many people are cured or do quite well. Several details about the cancer will substratify it into one with a more or less favorable prognosis if you know more specifically what type of cancer and its location. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

Common ones: Common signs can be a tip off for underlying head/neck cancer. A sore throat that gets worse despite antibiotics, a neck lump that keeps growing, voice hoarseness that get worse despite rest and therapy, or difficulty swallowing that gets worse are some common situations. General signs (major tiredness, unintentional weight loss) can happen. In pts with smoking & alcohol use the are more worrisome. ...Read more

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Can lump on my neck be cancer?

Can lump on my neck be cancer?

In a nutshell,: ...Yes. No way any of us can tell from here, though. Please, please see your doc. Hope is nothing serious. ...Read more

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What are the types of head and neck cancer?

What are the types of head and neck cancer?

Many: The world health organization shows about 28 different types of salivary gland tumors, 35 thyroid gland tumors, 40 sinonasal tract tumors, about 18 larynx tumors, a dozen or more ear tumors. So -- while squamous cell carcinoma accounts for the majority of tumors, there are "hundreds" of tumor types in the head and neck. ...Read more

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Could this be cancer. Found a small lump in the neck?

Could this be cancer. Found a small lump in the neck?

Exam necessary: Skin and soft tissue lumps are incredibly common and only a small fraction of these end up being cancerous. I would advise you to see your doctor to have a physical examination. There is really no way to know based on your description. ...Read more

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I am afraid for the hospital I might have cancer in my neck?

I am afraid for the hospital I might have cancer in my neck?

?: I'm not sure what you mean with "afraid for the hospital" but if you are concerned about cancer (of any kind) you need to see a physician for an evaluation. We cannot answer your concern online. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my neck. Could this be a sign of cancer?

Depends: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
Wish you good health!
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause neck cancer?

Can smoking cause neck cancer?

Yes: Tobacco is a known cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus and more. ...Read more

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How are head and neck cancers diagnosed?

How are head and neck cancers diagnosed?

History, phys, scans: Typically a patient will present to their doctors with a history of a mass or growth in their head or neck they noticed or that someone else has noticed. Physical exams will confirm this finding and ct scans and biopsies will usually then be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of the head and neck cancer. ...Read more

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How can one stop cancer of the neck metastasis?

How can one stop cancer of the neck metastasis?

Depends: Cancers of the head/neck can spread to the other neck, lungs, bones, liver, etc. Depending on the type and stage surgery initially can be appropriate. Many times use of combined chemotherapy and radiation is helpful. ...Read more

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How common are soft tissue cancers in the head and neck?

How common are soft tissue cancers in the head and neck?

Common: Soft tissue tumors include lipomas, which are one of the most common tumors in soft tissue. Therefore, in the head and neck, these are quite common. If you are talking about sarcomas (malignant soft tissue tumors), they are much less common. The location is important: neck versus larynx (voice box), versus oral cavity or nasal cavity: location is important in determining outcome. ...Read more

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Is this lump on the back of my boyfriends neck be cancer?

Is this lump on the back of my boyfriends neck be cancer?

Maybe: That cannot be answered without an evaluation and physical exam. Tell him to visit with his doc. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of head and neck cancers at age 18?

What is the likelihood of head and neck cancers at age 18?

Low, but...: The common smoking-related cancers aren't going to appear in a teen, but there are several cancers of salivary-gland origin that are known to occur at your age. If you have an unexplained mass anywhere, please get it seen by a capable physician. ...Read more

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Lump in the side of the neck--how can I tell if this is cancer?

Lump in the side of the neck--how can I tell if this is cancer?

See your physician: The only sure way to determine this is by eval by doctor for a swollen lymph node or a need for a biopsy. If this is only on one side of your neck see your physician immediately. Cancer in the head and neck can spread quickly and the prognosis is not favorable but improves the faster it is treated. ...Read more

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What are the major contributing factors for head and neck cancers?

Well known: Standard contributing factors include chronic smoking, regular/heavy alcohol use, tobacco chewing, poor oral and dental hygiene, betel nut chewing, hpv infection (viral). ...Read more

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How are head and neck cancers staged and what, exactly, does that mean?

How are head and neck cancers staged and what, exactly, does that mean?

Standardized: There are several staging protocols, but the american joint commission on cancer staging (ajcc) is the biggest one in the United States. By standardizing exactly how a tumor is "staged" is based on the tumor location, size and extent of invasion, whether or not lymph nodes are affected, and if there is distant metastatic disease. These are put together to give a stage: used for treatment decisions. ...Read more