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Doctor insights on: If I Push On Lymph Nodes Can This Cause Them To Be Cancerous

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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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Is it true cancerous lymph nodes from lymphoma. Typically cause no pain. Grow. Are hard and fixed to a certain area and bigger than 3cm. ?

Is it true cancerous lymph nodes from lymphoma. Typically cause no pain. Grow. Are hard and fixed to a certain area and bigger than 3cm. ?

Overgeneralization: Neither the size nor symptoms associated with enlarged lymph nodes will differentiate lymphoma from other causes of lymphadenopathy, including other cancers or other conditions, such as infections. In general, when a lymph node is larger than 1.5-2cm, it is necessary to search for a cause, which may require lymph node biopsy. ...Read more

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I have lymph nodes over the ribs and back side of the body which swellon. Some times one of them gives pain for a hour. Is it cause for cancer?

I have lymph nodes over the ribs and back side of the body which swellon.  Some times one of them gives pain for a hour. Is it cause for cancer?

Swollen lymph node: Lymphadenopathy refers to swollen/ enlargement of lymph node. It can be caused by many things like infection, inflammation, malignancy etc. It could be single, multiple, painful, painless. It is not necessarily to be cancer. Talk to your doctor and have further evaluation accordingly. ...Read more

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Is cancer the cause of large lymph nodes on back of neck?

Is cancer the cause of large lymph nodes on back of neck?

Possibly: Lymph nodes may enlarge as a result of a number of problems, not just cancer. You should see your physician soon for further evaluation and proper diagnosis. It may just be a manifestation of an infection that requires antibiotics to clear up. But see your doctor. ...Read more

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What else can cause enlargted retroperitoneaql lymph nodes other than cancer and what are the symptoms++of+an+enlarged+retroperitoneal+lymph+node ?

What else can cause enlargted retroperitoneaql lymph nodes other than cancer and what are the symptoms++of+an+enlarged+retroperitoneal+lymph+node
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Many things: Enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes can be caused by different things, not just malignancy - like infection on the adjacent areas- like abscess in kidney or other infection on the retroperitoneal area, inflammation- like in autoimmune disorder/rheumatological disorder, systemic disease like immunodeficiency, viral infections etc. ...Read more

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Current scans revealed only "multiple enlarged root of mesentery lymph nodes". Largest is 2.6 x 1.6 cm. Is this cancer? Are there noncancerous causes?

Current scans revealed only "multiple enlarged root of mesentery lymph nodes". Largest is 2.6 x 1.6 cm. Is this cancer? Are there noncancerous causes?

Mesenteric adenitis: Maybe. Mesenteric adenitis (enlargement of lymph nodes in abdominal mesentery) is commonly seen in conditions that mimic acute appendicitis. When accompanied by inflammation of the ileum, ; crohn's disease has been excluded, consider bacterial infection caused by yersinia enterocolitica, campylobacter, salmonella. Adenitis may also reflect non-gi inflammatory processes in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Are lymph nodes under jaw by ear usually palpable in children? What would cause them to enlarge? Should I worry it's cancer in a 5 yo?

Are lymph nodes under jaw by ear usually palpable in children? What would cause them to enlarge? Should I worry it's cancer in a 5 yo?

Not too much: We all have lymph nodes.Whether we can feel them or not depends on location and what's covering them. In the neck small lymph nodes are easy to feel in thin kids and adults. Slight enlargement, if the nodes are not painful, & with no other symptoms, are common in kids. Recheck in 1 week, if still there, see doc. Don't keep feeling them before then, manipulation can make them stay enlarged. ...Read more

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