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Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

Reactive lymph nodes, mean cancer?

No.: Generally, when someone describes lymph nodes as "reactive", they mean that the lymph node abnormality / enlargement is caused by a benign condition (such as an irritant or infection or inflammation) and not a malignancy. It is not always possible to determine to what a node is "reacting", but use of the wording "reactive" generally connotes a benign / non-malignant process. ...Read more

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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 should I know about lymph node cancer?

What should I know about lymph node cancer?

Lymphoma: Lymphoma is a type of cancer that occurs when white blood cells (lymphocytes) behave irregularly. Abnorma lymphocytes may divide more frequently and can form "nodules". Lymphoma may develop in many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, bone marrow, spleen, other organs. Lymphoma is divided into two main types - hodgkin's and non hodgkin's and several subtypes. Cancer.Gov for more info. ...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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What can cause a lymph node to get larger on serial examinations besides cancer?

What can cause a lymph node to get larger on serial examinations besides cancer?

Enlarged Nodes: Lymph nodes act as the filters for the lymphatic system. They can collect all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Enlarged nodes could be infection, inflammation or cancer. ...Read more

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Afraid of cancer, could it possibly have made the lymph node permanently enlarged?

Afraid of cancer, could it possibly have made the lymph node permanently enlarged?

No: If you believe you've found an enlarged hard lymph node, please see a doctor and get it looked at. ...Read more

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How to know if i'm sick with cancer, or is it just a lymph node that never returned to normal?

How to know if i'm sick with cancer, or is it just a lymph node that never returned to normal?

MD: You need to see a doctor. Nodes can get enlarged for many reasons but if they stay enlarged for a long time they should be evaluated. Visit your doc who will decide the course of action. Best to you. ...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?

No.: Lymph nodes are "traps" that capture cell spread. Their involvement generally means that cancer cells have escaped from the source, but not necessarily that they have spread all over. Know that cancers of the lymph system (lymphoma) start there so in essence are not considered to have spread, unless they involve many areas. ...Read more

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