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Is my cervical cancer terminal if it has only metastasized to the para aortic lymph nodes?

Is my cervical cancer terminal if it has only metastasized to the para aortic lymph nodes?

Oncologist: When it comes to cancer, many details can play a significant role. It is best to discuss this situation with a specialist for female genital cancers, gynecologic oncologist. ...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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CT scan, retained stool the colon. Few scattered lymph nodes seen. Dilatation of the terminal ileum, This can be seen with backwash ileitis, cancer???

CT scan, retained stool the colon. Few scattered lymph nodes seen. Dilatation of the terminal ileum, This can be seen with backwash ileitis, cancer???

Colonoscopy: Please consider asking your provider if a colonoscopy might be indicated to view the tissue in the colon and terminal ileum and to get biopsies ...Read more

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Need to know if a dr orders a cats can for lymph nodes before s bronscopy is it cancer.

Need to know if a dr orders a cats can for lymph nodes before s bronscopy is it cancer.

Sounds like he's: Looking for evidence, but the only proof is a biopsy. Ct-scans reveal lumps, in lungs or the mediastinum, wher the heart, swallowing tube and lymph nodes live. Size and architecture point to or against cancer. Pet/ct follows a biopsy. They must know that there is cancer first, then look for the legitimate treatments. ...Read more

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Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Can cancer hide in lymph nodes and not show on pet scahn?

Can cancer hide in lymph nodes and not show on pet scahn?

Yes: Unfortunately yes. Pet scans do not detect all cancer in the lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes that are soft, moveable and do not grow still be cancer?

Can lymph nodes that are soft, moveable and do not grow still be cancer?

Less likely: Cancerous lymph nodes typically are hard. Lymphomas (another kind of malignancy in lymph nodes) might be softer, or even feel fluid-filled (cystic). Any unusual lymph node, one that increases in size, is tender, hard, clumped, fixed to surrounding tissue, etc needs to be checked promptly, especially if associated with other symptoms, like itching, fever, weight loss, jaundice. Any doubts, see md. ...Read more

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In general, Does lymph nodes for about month always mean they are cancer?

In general, Does lymph nodes for about month always mean they are cancer?

Definitely Not: There are lots of "reactive" lymph node swellings which can happen in response to anything from a bug bite on the skin to a viral sore throat. Of course this also depends on the location! Definitely have a face to face exam with a local physician such that he can take careful history and figure this out! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When someone has cancer in their lymph nodes, does that mean it's throughout their entire body?

When someone has cancer in their lymph nodes, does that mean it's throughout their entire body?

Not necessarily...: The lymphatic circulation is a conduit for cancer cells to exit their organ of origin and spread elsewhere in the body. Lymph nodes are filters which may "capture" some of these cancer cells; their removal then gives us information about what may be going on elsewhere in the body. The prognosis of lymph node-positive cancer is highly dependent on the type of cancer & it's chemosensitivity. ...Read more

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Are all lymph nodes cancerous. Do some of then to away on their own with time. I have one and scared of cancer?

Are all lymph nodes cancerous. Do some of then to away on their own with time. I have one and scared of cancer?

No cancerous: Lymph nodes are a normal part of human anatomy. Their job is to help fight infection and they may swell up when you have an infection. Those usually go back to normal size within a couple weeks or months. If you have an enlarged lymph node, show your parents so they can take you to a doctor to be checked. ...Read more

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When some lymph nodes test positive after removal does it mean there is cancer somewhere in the body or that their is just higher chance 4 recurrence?

When some lymph nodes test positive after removal does it mean there is cancer somewhere in the body or that their is just higher chance 4 recurrence?

POSITIVE FOR CANCER?: The exact test and situation needs to be clear to answer this question. For example with breast cancer the finding of cancer in lymph nodes is generally associated with a higher risk of the disease coming back. However haaving said that we now know that this one finding has little predictive value by itself, so I would consult with your doctor about all the parameters of your disease. ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Depends upon type.: There are many types of malignancies / cancers that can be effectively treated when they involve lymph nodes. It is important to know what type of cancer and the overall stage of the disease. Don't give up! ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Lymph node cancers: Cancers can start in lymph nodes like lymphoma, or they can spread to them from somewhere else. If it spread to them, they can be treated but the cure rate is lower. Lymphomas can usually be effectively treated as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer of lymph nodes?

What are the symptoms of cancer of lymph nodes?

Lymph nodes: Lymph node disease occurs for a number reasons. Any noticeable enlargement in a group of lymph nodes, especially painless, with accompanying fevers, night sweats or rapid weight loss should be followed up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes in the middle of my chest mean high chance of cancer?

Perhaps: Abnormal lymph nodes anywhere in the body can be related to cancer. Visit your primary care physician or a medical oncologist to find out more. You might need a ct scan or a biopsy. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes does that mean cancer is present?

I was diagnosed with enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes does that mean cancer is present?

No: To proper answer your question we need to know more than the information you have provided. What is your age and your prior medical history? How were those enlarged lymph nodes diagnosed? To prove presence or absence of a disease in those nodes you will need additional work-up and most likely a biopsy. ...Read more

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Lymphovascular space invasion:suspicious foci present. Does this mean the cancer is in the lymph nodes?

Lymphovascular space invasion:suspicious foci present. Does this mean the cancer is in the lymph nodes?

No, but maybe: The report means the pathologist sees some abnormal and possibly cancerous cells in the lymph channels in the tissue around the tumor. The lymph channels carry fluids to the lymph nodes. In many kinds of cancer spread into these channels increases the risk of lymph node involvement as well as spread further away for the tumor in the surrounding tissues. Talk to your doctor. ...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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So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

So if someone has lymphoma or even another cancer that spread to their lymph nodes. Don't the lymph nodes grow and become hard and firm?

They can: If enough tumor gets involved, they can get hard. However, small metastases may not be detected except by biopsy. Cancer diagnosis and treatment will involve biopsy, blood draw and imaging studies. ...Read more

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If lymph nodes became smaller (they were 1cm now 0.5 cm) but didn't disappear for 5 month with no other symptoms Can it be lymphoma or other cancer?

Leave them alone: If it were lymphoma or metastatic cancer, they would not shrink. Everybody your age has palpable lymph nodes if you go searching. Stop worrying about this stuff. You are twenty years old. You need to focus of career skills and readiness, building / maintaining physical fitness, and building friendships and perhaps finding love. Hit the gym and the library and build a happy life. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does matted lymph nodes in neck mean cancer?

Does matted lymph nodes in neck mean cancer?

May be tuberculosis: Matted lymph nodes usually applies to chronic lymph node involvement from tuberculosis. Can certainly happen from lymphoma, secondary cancers, other chronic inflammatory diseases involving lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Are palpable supraclavicular lymph nodes usually cancer?

It depends.: Sometimes these, and other nodes are palpable because of infection. Sometimes cancer can do it. Rock hard nodes would more likely mean cancer, while soft, painful ones would point to infection. ...Read more

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How bad is bladder cancer when it invades the lymph nodes?

How bad is bladder cancer when it invades the lymph nodes?

High risk: Bladder cancer found to be in the lymph nodes at the time of bladder removal is considered "advanced" and 5 year survival estimates are on the order of 25-30%. However, some patients with relatively little involvement of the nodes can experience prolonged survival, if not cure, from thorough surgical removal of lymph node tissue at the time of surgery for bladder removal. Chemotherapy may help. ...Read more

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How are cancer and lymph nodes related to your respiratory system?

How are cancer and lymph nodes related to your respiratory system?

Metastasis: Many cancers spread to lymph nodes that are in the chest or directly to the lungs themselves. The enlarging tumors compress vital structures including the lungs themselves, arterial supply or venous return to or from the lungs which may fill with fluid. The common denominator is that gas exchange becomes impaired so the blood oxygen level falls. ...Read more

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Why do lymph nodes have to be removed during some cancer treatments?

Why do lymph nodes have to be removed during some cancer treatments?

Staging / treatment: Lymph node removal might be part of surgical management, for instance in head/neck cancers. But examination of lymph nodes is also important for staging purposes, to see if the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes. The stage of a cancer indicates whether a tumor is early or advanced, and oncologists use this information to determine what the appropriate therapy should be. ...Read more

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Is bilateral axillary lymph nodes very serious...Does it leads to cancer.?

Is bilateral axillary lymph nodes very serious...Does it leads to cancer.?

Can be of concern: If you have enlarged lymph nodes in both axillary areas, you need to be evaluated by your doctor to determine if it is due to infection, inflammation, or cancer. There is no reason to panic but you should not ignore this condition. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis of testicular cancer that did spread to the lymph nodes?

What's the prognosis of testicular cancer that did spread to the lymph nodes?

Still quite good: If this is currently being managed. Ie surgery, chemotherapy, then it is still a good prognosis. Remember that lance arstrong had cancer that spread to his brain and other organs and of course has no current evidence of this. ...Read more

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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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Can you please explain why cancer of the blood cells or lymph nodes is hard to control?

Can you please explain why cancer of the blood cells or lymph nodes is hard to control?

Depends on the type: Of disorder. Cancer of the blood in children are often curable. Hodgkins type of cancer of lymph nodes can also be cured. Other cancers of blood and lymph nodes have variable responses. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have several palpable bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes and not be related to cancer?

Is it possible to have several palpable bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes and not be related to cancer?

Yes. There are: Indeed many causes of benign, or at least not malignant nodes. Sarcoid is a common one, but drug reactions, infections, tb, HIV are some of a long list of others. ...Read more

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Does abnormal or reactive lymph nodes mean cancer? How common would a lymphatic cancer be in an 18 year old?

Lymphadenitis: Or swollen lymph nodes due to viral or bacterial infection. The swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer is not very common condition.
I don't think that your case is any different..
If concerned, check with your pcp. ...Read more

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I have just received results of the biopsy of four lymph nodes after a lobectomy. One has cancer, how serious is this?

I have just received results of the biopsy of four lymph nodes after a lobectomy. One has cancer, how serious is this?

Lung CA? Not good: I assume you are talking lung cancer, no? It is usually bad news to have lung cancer to begin with, and having a positive node makes things worse. Still, if you had surgery, I assume there was no definite evidence of spread so you have a fighting chance. It is possible your doctor will offer you post operative chemo. Have a good talk with him/her. Good luck and God bless. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cancer in the groin lymph nodes?

What are symptoms of cancer in the groin lymph nodes?

Please be seen: Any swelling of nodes in the groin need to be explained. Even insect bites on your lower leg can make nodes enlarge. Of course other issues need to be considered, depending on the full history and physical your doctor completes. Good luck. ...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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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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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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Pet scan show hot spots in lymph nodes. Is this definately cancer?

Pet scan show hot spots in lymph nodes. Is this definately cancer?

Unknown: "hot spots" (increased uptake of a radioactive glucose analog) can be due to cancer, but also infection and inflammation. This needs further evaluation and possibly biopsy. ...Read more

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Can prostate cancer spreading into the lymph nodes area still safe?

No: Prostate cancer does not tend to spread to lymph nodes until it is quite advanced. These aggressive tumors have a much higher risk of leading to demise from prostate cancer. ...Read more